Objection to planning applications for coffee carts on Starch Green
2019/00434/FR3: Outside Ravenscourt Park King Street London W6
Full Regulation 3 – LBHF is Developer: Use of part of the public highway for the placing of 1 coffee cart maximum size 1.5 x 2 x 1m from Monday to Sunday from 8am to 8pm.
2019/00440/FR3: Footpath Opposite Starch Green London W12
Full Regulation 3 – LBHF is Developer: Use of part of the public highway for the placing of 1 market stall maximum size 2.5 x 3 x 1.5m from Monday to Sunday from 8am to 8pm.
1 Pedestrian thoroughfare
Starch Green is a busy pedestrian thoroughfare, next to a green public space that residents’ and community groups have successfully campaigned for the Council to improve. There are already problems with antisocial behaviour there, including drug dealing, and local residents do not not want to see a stall that would inevitably attract loitering, thus giving cover to those with less innocent intentions.
2 Inappropriate siting
The proposed location for this 12 hour a day, 7 days a week stall is against the wall opposite the green, and next to the entrance of the Day Centre for young adults with complex mental and physical disabilities. The centre needs 24 hour, 7 day a week access and a calm environment in its immediate surroundings.
3 Emergency access
The Centre mentioned above needs emergency vehicle access, on the Green entrance as well as the entrance in Ashchurch Grove. As the Grove is a cul-de-sac ,
it also needs emergency access via Starch Green due to the level of parking and deliveries in the road. The presence of the church at the Askew Road end also brings wedding and funeral vehicles which, together with the attendant crowds of guests/mourners both in cars and on foot can block access at that
end of the Grove.
4 A community space
Starch Green is much valued as a community space and is in frequent use for local events organised by charities and other groups. As part of their fundraising efforts, such events invariably involve their own refreshment stalls, and commercial competition would not be welcomed in this location.
5 Supporting local businesses
There are numerous outlets, including coffee shops, cafes and pubs selling coffee and other beverages within yards of Starch Green, both in Askew Road and
opposite, in Goldhawk Road. Residents want to support their existing local businesses , and it is council policy to do the same.
We already have a problem with the litter left by drinkers, and do not wish to add disposable cups to the mix.
The introduction of the proposed market stall to this location, would inevitably make it impossible to refuse further similar applications.