Local coffee shop needs your support!

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Local coffee shop needs your support!

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Onboard Surf and Coffee Shop started this petition to Swansea City Council

Onboard Surf and Coffee, is a local business based in Killay, Swansea, Wales, who over the last year has faced planning difficulties from Swansea City Council. We are reaching out to our community, surfers, motor cyclists, skaters and our customers to show the council the support of our business, and our new patio/seating area which they want to rip up.

Onboard have had a great but challenging 2016. Swansea City Council have done little to support us, as a small, independent business trying to adapt and overcome difficulties such as the internet threatening our trade. Because of these issues, we decided to adapt, becoming the UK’s first surf/coffee shop with an added motorcycle theme. Of course, Swansea City Council decided to refuse the application, but eventually after altering our application we got the go ahead.

 Located on the busy Gower Road, some of you may have seen the newly added patio/seating area at the front of the shop which allows our lovely customers to sit outside, enjoying a coffee in the warmer months. The seating area has received many compliments, and has attracted an even wider audience, including cyclists and dog walkers. According to our council, the patio isn’t “in keeping with the area”, and they have served notice to remove this facility. After contacting the planning department and explaining we will reapply for planning, they rang back 30 minutes later and advised “under no circumstances” to appeal for planning as it will definitely get rejected. As you can imagine, this led to much worry, stress, and after a long time debating what’s best, we have decided to put in a planning application, and if failed, will have to go to appeal costing more money.

 As a local, independent business we are looking for as much support from the community to prove to Swansea City Council the importance of supporting local businesses instead of making them a target. At Onboard, there are 3 full time, and 3-part time staff who all desperately  want to see the business succeed. We place a real emphasis on buying local, and supporting the community here at Onboard, and we hope you can replicate the love.

 We have had the shop for 9 years, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the support we receive from all of you, but now we need your help! Please spread the word, and make as much noise as possible. This process is costly, in both time and money, and the last resort will be to rip up the patio and restore it back to a slopped, loose gravel area. We want to keep improving the business, and 2016 has seen it grow from strength, to strength, starting as a surf shop and ending as a surf, coffee and barbers, without the help of the council. Don’t let it stop here.

 

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A petition will be available to sign in the shop located 464 Gower Road, Killay, SA2 7DZ too. 

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