Recognise the value independent street food brings to the City of London
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Recognise the value independent street food brings to the City of London

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      KERB

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January 2014

Victory

From petition creator: The City of London recognised the value independent street food holds and has officially allowed the KERB street food market to resume at the base of the Gherkin.

In light of the City of London Corporation's immediate termination of KERB's street food market at The Gherkin, we are launching a campaign to Make The City of London Taste Better.

The Gherkin remains hugely supportive of our weekly Midday-2pm slot on the plaza at 30 St Mary Axe. The City of London Corporation don’t feel the same, deeming the market unsightly and unbecoming of such an iconic building. Land usage forms the technical aspect of the closure, but the main argument calls for an aesthetic lock down on the City of London, and a harsh rebuke of the independent street food entrepreneurs who have seen their businesses flourish in its environs since November 2012.

We don't undertake this campaign lightly, and recognise the enormous power imbalance between KERB and The City of London, but believe there is a ground swell of support within London and the Square Mile for the diversity, deliciousness and personality that street food brings.

We have had upwards of 1000 office workers eat outside the Gherkin every Thursday since our launch last November, and in light of the wider decline of independent food businesses throughout the country, with an estimated 30,000 closing over the last decade, we want you to join us in our stand against the encroaching corporate homogenisation of our cities.

We see this as a fight for the rights of independent, specialist businesses to co-exist with the high street chains, and for the aesthetic value that street food, in its varying styles, brings to the City of London. This is, as Paul Kingsnorth puts it, 'a battle against the bland', a rejection of the spoon-fed tedium served up in faceless outlets across the capital

We believe that Londoners deserve to be offered a more varied lunch life. Upwards of 1000 have voted with their mouths every Thursday at the base of the Gherkin - we now need you, and all of your colleagues, friends and families, to join us in KERB's own battle against the bland.

London needs it!

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City of London
Recognise the value independent street food brings to the City of London

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. KERB returns to the Gherkin for two Thursdays in December!

      by KERB

      We're delighted to announce some positive steps forward in our drive to bring street food back to the base of the Gherkin.

      We'll be bringing six of London's best traders to the Gherkin for the next two Thursdays - the 5th and the 12th - and need all your support to demonstrate just how valuable this offering is to lunchlife in the City of London.

      The official decision on the market is going to a public planning committee mid-January, so we'll keep you updated on the details. In the mean time, please assist all the traders involved by voting with your mouths and stomachs this Thursday between 12 and 2pm, and bringing all your friends and work colleagues to do so too. Please help us spread the word with the following link: http://www.kerbfood.com/gherkin/

      Thank you all again for your incredible support,

      KERB

      Gherkin - KERB The Best of London Street Food

      Bringing the British Food Revolution out doors, KERB has the most innovative and exciting street food traders on the block. See them in action at our lunch-time markets at King's Cross and The Gherkin.

    2. UPDATE 2: Meeting with the Corporation on the 25th

      by KERB

      Thanks to all for continuing to sign and spread the petition, the support, solidarity and warmth has been amazing, and we love reading through all your comments and messages.

      We're happy to announce that a meeting will take place between the Gherkin, KERB and the Corporation of London on the 25th of September.

      We'll let you know the outcome as soon as we're out of it, but in the mean time please continue to email hq@KERBfood.com with any advice or thoughts on the case, and please do talk to your building owners and work management teams to help us press for change. A concerted push from people all over the city may well be all that's needed to get the market back.

      Thanks again for all your continued support and interest,

      KERB

      Welcome - KERB The Best of London Street Food

      Bringing the British Food Revolution out doors, KERB has the most innovative and exciting street food traders on the block. See them in action at our lunch-time markets at King's Cross and The Gherkin.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. UPDATED

      by KERB

      Thank you all for the incredible support! The response has been overwhelming and we are incredibly grateful to all who've taken the time to sign the campaign, spread the word and contact us directly to offer your thoughts and advice. It's very much appreciated.

      BBC London covered the news yesterday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b0387czr/?t=13m39s

      And the Evening Standard have since picked up on the story here: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/gherkin-street-food-market-in-a-pickle-after-its-told-to-close-8760898.html

      In terms of an update, the planning issues cited by the City of London have now been fully covered by The Gherkin. So that's progress.

      Both the Gherkin and the City of London will now meet on Wednesday the 28th of August to discuss whether the market will be reinstated.

      In the meantime, do continue to pass this on to all your friends and colleagues, and continue to email us at hq@KERBfood.com with your thoughts on the matter.

      Thanks again,

      KERB

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Billy Mason LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      Street food is an affordable lunch time treat, as well as an option for those who do not have the money to spend on dining in expensive restaurants.

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    • David Mayo LONDON, SWITZERLAND
      • 10 months ago

      Work in the Gherkin; no decent lunch places nearby

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    • Susan Holliday LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      It is good for the Gherkin, good for the City to have these cool and funky lunch options. We should promote this

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    • Gemma Smyth LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      I work in the Gherkin and think Kerb is a great thing.

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    • Wilfred Ng LONDON, SWITZERLAND
      • 10 months ago

      My lunch!!

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