Waltham Forest Council leader Chris Robbins says Madre Tierra is being helped to find an agreement with land owners

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Alessandro Pinna

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A coffee kiosk in danger of closure will receive help from Waltham Forest council, it has been claimed.

Madre Tierra has been serving commuters outside Walthamstow central station for four years.

However, Sardinian owner Alessandro Pinna was told at the beginning of the year that he may have to close when the station expands.

Council leader Cllr Chris Robbins said although it does not own the land, officers are trying to help.

He said: “This coffee shop is not on land owned by the council.  Network Rail is the landlord, and they and Solum are responsible for the redevelopment of this area.

“However, the council has been in discussions with the owner of Madre Tierra since January, and we also have been speaking to both Network Rail and Solum to understand the scope of works and potential future use of the space, with the aim of finding an amicable way forward for all parties.”

A petition has begun to fight the closure of the small coffee shop as the owner says that it would not be possible for him to rent a unit in the station.

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9:43am Sat 1 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

The council should be able to pull a few strings to help Mr Pinna. Nice to see a petition actually being taken notice of for a change.
The council should be able to pull a few strings to help Mr Pinna. Nice to see a petition actually being taken notice of for a change. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -12

12:06pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

The council should not help Mr Pinna, they cannot pull strings.

Petitions are always pointless.
The council should not help Mr Pinna, they cannot pull strings. Petitions are always pointless. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -13

12:23pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Dave mp says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
The council should not help Mr Pinna, they cannot pull strings.

Petitions are always pointless.
Are you for real? What medication are you on?
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: The council should not help Mr Pinna, they cannot pull strings. Petitions are always pointless.[/p][/quote]Are you for real? What medication are you on? Dave mp
  • Score: 9

2:29pm Sat 1 Mar 14

mdj says...

It's nice to see the Council trying to help a local business for once. Mr Pinna should count himself lucky that he never gave anyone a cardboard box to reuse.
It's nice to see the Council trying to help a local business for once. Mr Pinna should count himself lucky that he never gave anyone a cardboard box to reuse. mdj
  • Score: 3

4:41pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Thunderbird4 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
The council should not help Mr Pinna, they cannot pull strings.

Petitions are always pointless.
FIRST: Villagecranberry wrote:
The council should be able to pull a few strings to help Mr Pinna. Nice to see a petition actually being taken notice of for a change.

LATER: Villagecranberry wrote:
The council should not help Mr Pinna, they cannot pull strings. Petitions are always pointless.

I get days like that.

Frankly, I suspect the railway will want to get the highest rent for a new built site.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: The council should not help Mr Pinna, they cannot pull strings. Petitions are always pointless.[/p][/quote]FIRST: Villagecranberry wrote: The council should be able to pull a few strings to help Mr Pinna. Nice to see a petition actually being taken notice of for a change. LATER: Villagecranberry wrote: The council should not help Mr Pinna, they cannot pull strings. Petitions are always pointless. I get days like that. Frankly, I suspect the railway will want to get the highest rent for a new built site. Thunderbird4
  • Score: 8

6:33pm Sat 1 Mar 14

GlennW says...

Yes, any sites the Council can offer will not be very close to Walthamstow Central station.
Yes, any sites the Council can offer will not be very close to Walthamstow Central station. GlennW
  • Score: 0

6:46pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Dave mp wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
The council should not help Mr Pinna, they cannot pull strings.

Petitions are always pointless.
Are you for real? What medication are you on?
No medication, was just conducting an experiment. I support Mr Pinna and made some positive comments which were 'down marked' so I posted an complete opposite perspective and the same happened!
[quote][p][bold]Dave mp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: The council should not help Mr Pinna, they cannot pull strings. Petitions are always pointless.[/p][/quote]Are you for real? What medication are you on?[/p][/quote]No medication, was just conducting an experiment. I support Mr Pinna and made some positive comments which were 'down marked' so I posted an complete opposite perspective and the same happened! Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

8:48am Sun 2 Mar 14

Garrow says...

There may be a site coming up, once Cllr loakes gets the soup kitchen evicted. I can't help wondering if the council would be so keen to help if this was council land.
There may be a site coming up, once Cllr loakes gets the soup kitchen evicted. I can't help wondering if the council would be so keen to help if this was council land. Garrow
  • Score: 0

7:45pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Thunderbird4 wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
The council should not help Mr Pinna, they cannot pull strings.

Petitions are always pointless.
FIRST: Villagecranberry wrote:
The council should be able to pull a few strings to help Mr Pinna. Nice to see a petition actually being taken notice of for a change.

LATER: Villagecranberry wrote:
The council should not help Mr Pinna, they cannot pull strings. Petitions are always pointless.

I get days like that.

Frankly, I suspect the railway will want to get the highest rent for a new built site.
Take your point but was just baffled as why so many people 'thumbs down' my favourable opinion of Mr Pinna. I know the chap well and buy at least one coffee daily. I posted the alternative comment and received the same amount of thumbs down! This type of response says more about those thumbing down than me and ultimately it is Mr Pinna who suffers. Support should be overwhelming for him as he is running a small business and deserves it.
[quote][p][bold]Thunderbird4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: The council should not help Mr Pinna, they cannot pull strings. Petitions are always pointless.[/p][/quote]FIRST: Villagecranberry wrote: The council should be able to pull a few strings to help Mr Pinna. Nice to see a petition actually being taken notice of for a change. LATER: Villagecranberry wrote: The council should not help Mr Pinna, they cannot pull strings. Petitions are always pointless. I get days like that. Frankly, I suspect the railway will want to get the highest rent for a new built site.[/p][/quote]Take your point but was just baffled as why so many people 'thumbs down' my favourable opinion of Mr Pinna. I know the chap well and buy at least one coffee daily. I posted the alternative comment and received the same amount of thumbs down! This type of response says more about those thumbing down than me and ultimately it is Mr Pinna who suffers. Support should be overwhelming for him as he is running a small business and deserves it. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -10

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