OWNERS of a café on Aberystwyth seafront have launched a petition after being barred from putting tables on the promenade because of another café’s controversial lease.
Cambrian News reported “Craige Watson and Ollie Petrou wanted to put two tables and chairs on the promenade opposite their Electra MotoGear café and shop, which is next to the old court building, during the heatwave.
But they say they were told they couldn’t do it because of the county council’s lease agreement with David Day, the owner of PD’s Diner near the bandstand.
The lease grants him exclusive rights for the sale of food and drink on the section of the promenade between the pier and Constitution Hill.
Craige and Ollie say the lease is unfair and is restricting other businesses from being able to compete. They have called on the council to remove the clause in the lease and have launched a petition outside the café and on Change.org, which has already attracted over 500 signatures.
The couple said: “We feel that all businesses on the seafront would benefit from fairer trading rights, which would positively impact on tourism, local business and the economy.”
The county council confirmed the lease arrangement has a restriction on other businesses serving food and drink, but said it was currently in talks about a new lease with PD’s Diner, although would not say if those talks included the removal of the restriction clause.
A spokesperson said: “A longstanding lease arrangement restricts the sale of food and drink on the promenade between Constitution Hill and the Royal Pier other than for the tenants of PD’s Diner and occasional one-day events.
“The council is currently negotiating terms of a new lease” here.