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Hey guys,

My name is Lerryn. I opened a cafe at 200 Rye lane in Peckham a couple of years ago and am proud to say the cafe is welcoming to absolutely everyone. If you live in the local area and don’t already know it, please come and have a cup of coffee with us! It’s reasonably priced, delicious, admittantly sometimes hectic , but you can always guarantee a warm welcome.

I opened the business with the aim to build a fun community driven environment with delicious snacks and drinks that were accessible to lots of people. I had no idea, when I started, how many obstacles there would be to overcome - and it’s been a real challenge!  This one, however, might actually stop Lerryn’s being able to exist. So I thought I had better shout about it.

Southwark council have restricted use of the garden to customers, following a few complaints from neighbours. In the evening, I totally understand and willing to listen to, but in the daytime it is a beautiful, calm space that is going to waste.

The garden is 30 extra seats during the summer. So this ruling affects my (already modest!) revenue in a big way.

I have made this petition so that we can challenge that decision.

I am proposing that we open in the daytime from 9-5 for eating and drinking only. 

We also will build a space for growing, so that we can start having home grown tomatoes and mint and other herbs. I’m currently in talks with local gardeners to run fun (free) gardening workshops for people to get involved in and hopefully we can grow fresh stuff to make delicious juice from too.

In my opinion it’s these sort of things that are vital to the community in Peckham. As Peckham begins to develop, I believe the council should focus on helping small independent businesses thrive rather than make life more difficult for them. I don’t have big backers like the burger chains, my friends helped me build my cafe, not a firm of shopfitters. If I lose the use of the garden, the chances are I’ll lose the cafe.

I really don’t want that to happen, because I really really like it here, and I take a lot of joy from saying hello to everyone every day. If you can spare a second to sign this and share it, I’ll give you extra chilli jam in your bacon sandwich or more avocado if your veggie.

Thanks! Lots of love

From Lerryn

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