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SAVE UMANA YANA! Urge Southwark Council to move big boxes blocking Herne Hill roti shop

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We want Southwark Council to move the mass of mobile phone exchange boxes on 294 Croxted Road blocking Umana Yana from view and from customers. These boxes must be removed by the end of 2017 otherwise sadly, this amazing local takeaway will be forced to close.

Umana Yana is a highly-rated Guyanese and Caribbean takeaway in Herne Hill. It’s a family business owned by Deborah Monfries and she really needs your support.

The four large mobile phone exchange boxes (three of them shown on image above on right) totally obscure the view of the takeaway from the road. Debbie has many loyal local customers but also relies heavily on passing customers and these boxes completely hide the shop front.

The first large box was installed outside Umana Yana in September 2014. Then another appeared in May 2015, followed by three more boxes in 2016. One of the boxes was erected after the council failed to make a planning decision in time. Debbie’s revenue has gone down massively. If these boxes don’t go, Umana Yana will be forced to close by the end of 2017.

Southwark Council owns the land outside Debbie’s shop and they rent it out to big mobile phone operators who install these phone exchange boxes. We want the council to understand the affect these boxes are having on Debbie’s business and move them to underneath the nearby railway bridge or another suitable location.

Umana Yana is a great local restaurant and it shouldn’t be hidden by these huge ugly boxes. The shop is important to the culture of the area and it is being damaged by thoughtless commercial initiatives that aren't in the interests of the community. 

If you live in the local area and don’t already know Umana Yana, please come and try some of their tasty, fresh rotis and curries! You can always guarantee a warm welcome from Debbie.

Please sign this petition and help us save Umana Yana.



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