Wealth of support for shopkeeper prevented from displaying wares outside

Kingston Guardian: Mustapha Suleyman outside Pricebusters in Wallington Mustapha Suleyman outside Pricebusters in Wallington

A Wallington shopkeeper prevented from displaying his wares outside his shop has received a volume of support.

Sutton Council ordered Mustapha Suleyman, owner of Pricebusters on Woodcote Road, Wallington, to stop displaying his goods in the street.

The reason given by Councillor Jayne McCoy, executive member for planning, economic development and housing at Sutton Council, was possible problems for elderly residents and parents with small children and prams who use Wallington High Street.

However, a petition Mr Suleyman set up to challenge the decision has received more than 2,200 signatures, many from his elderly and disabled customers.

Tim Crowley, deputy leader of the Conservative opposition, said: “In my view it is apparent that the ward councillors are discriminating against Mr Suleyman’s business especially when there are other shops and cafes which have larger pavement displays than are outside his premises.

“I would like to ask Councillor McCoy, who after all is the head of planning and business development in the borough, to show me the objections she has against Mr Suleyman’s business.

“Isn't she meant to be promoting business in the borough rather than hindering it?

“Does the deputy leader of the council, Colin Hall, think this is an appropriate way to treat someone who is providing employment and generating revenue within his ward.

“This in my view is an outrageous use of councillors power, one which needs to be changed and changed now.”

Councillor Janet Lowne, vice chair of Sutton Council’s licensing committee, said: “Wallington High Street has just undergone an extensive refurbishment to make it a more pleasant environment for shoppers and traders, and as part of this the local committee felt that it was important to keep the street clear.

"There are some cafes in Wallington High Street which have pavement licences that allow them to put tables in the street, but we have not granted any licences to shops in this area to allow them to display goods outside.

“Mr Suleyman has every right to present a petition to the council, and once he presents his petition to us it will be looked at thoroughly by the relevant committee.”

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9:42am Wed 13 Jun 12

Giles C says...

What a disgrace....
Another **** up by McCoy..she is totally incompetent and should go now.
What a disgrace.... Another **** up by McCoy..she is totally incompetent and should go now. Giles C

12:32pm Wed 13 Jun 12

moveawayifcould says...

Wallington High street has nothing but pavement now due to the ridiculous amount of money spent on it and extending it so Councillor McCoy has no worries there. Thanks to the obliteration of the parking and the knock on effect it has had on local businesses Wallington is dying, well done yet again inept Sutton Council.
Wallington High street has nothing but pavement now due to the ridiculous amount of money spent on it and extending it so Councillor McCoy has no worries there. Thanks to the obliteration of the parking and the knock on effect it has had on local businesses Wallington is dying, well done yet again inept Sutton Council. moveawayifcould

1:54pm Wed 13 Jun 12

hvwortley says...

The stupid thing is that this is the widest stretch of pavement in the high street but they allow cafe tables etc in the narrower bits, and they had no objection when the shop was on the narrower stretch before. We really need this shop as it has all the useful things you can't get anywhere else.
The stupid thing is that this is the widest stretch of pavement in the high street but they allow cafe tables etc in the narrower bits, and they had no objection when the shop was on the narrower stretch before. We really need this shop as it has all the useful things you can't get anywhere else. hvwortley

7:52am Thu 14 Jun 12

emelem says...

i don't wish this man any harm to this man but, with any shop, i do think it looks sloppy, to have items outside. i mean, that's why you have a shop, to contain the items! :)
i don't wish this man any harm to this man but, with any shop, i do think it looks sloppy, to have items outside. i mean, that's why you have a shop, to contain the items! :) emelem

12:02pm Thu 14 Jun 12

Giles C says...

emelem wrote:
i don't wish this man any harm to this man but, with any shop, i do think it looks sloppy, to have items outside. i mean, that's why you have a shop, to contain the items! :)
You mean a bit like a greegrocer etc....He puts his goods away every night..Surely if you allow some businesses in the borough to display their wares then all should be allowed who apply to do so. This needs to be demonstrably fair and equitable.
[quote][p][bold]emelem[/bold] wrote: i don't wish this man any harm to this man but, with any shop, i do think it looks sloppy, to have items outside. i mean, that's why you have a shop, to contain the items! :)[/p][/quote]You mean a bit like a greegrocer etc....He puts his goods away every night..Surely if you allow some businesses in the borough to display their wares then all should be allowed who apply to do so. This needs to be demonstrably fair and equitable. Giles C

3:58pm Thu 14 Jun 12

emelem says...

very true, that's why i said "with any shop".

you have to admit, though, veg and fruit looks nicer than plastic tubs and push brooms ;)

and in my opinion, an independent greengrocer is more of a necessity than a chain of £ shops.
very true, that's why i said "with any shop". you have to admit, though, veg and fruit looks nicer than plastic tubs and push brooms ;) and in my opinion, an independent greengrocer is more of a necessity than a chain of £ shops. emelem

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