'Personal abuse and threats' received over tea hut licence

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It has been revealed City of London officials have received “personal abuse and threats” in relation to the licensing of a tea hut.

The licence for a tea hut within Epping Forest in Hill Wood, High Beech, will be put up for offer when it expires in December.

The corporation has cited a need to get “the best possible level of service and return for the facility" after budget cuts of 12.5 per cent over the past three years.

A City of London spokesman said: “While the majority of commentators on the tea hut issue have been lawful expressions of strong feeling, sadly there has been a small but worrying minority who have descended into personal abuse and even threats.”

The corporation has not revealed the nature or number of the threats or announced whether legal action will be taken.

A small delegation of supporters will deliver a petition against the tendering process with around 7,000 signatures to the Guild Hall in London on Friday.

More on this story in this week's Epping Forest Guardian - out Thursday. 

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1:23pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Thunderbird4 says...

Surely the, Tea Hut, must be a Grade something, listed building.

This type of construction has been used for decades; well, since corrugated iron became an easily accessible, strong and cheap, building material.

In the past, this type of traditional green building would have been found at any open air venue, where people gathered recreationally, especially in fair weather. (Hollow Ponds, Rising Sun pond.)

Would the new owners make the place any better? If they pay more rent, they will put up the price of a cup of tea and wad, to offset the hike in rent, so no-one wins, except . . . Well, need I go on? No.
Surely the, Tea Hut, must be a Grade something, listed building. This type of construction has been used for decades; well, since corrugated iron became an easily accessible, strong and cheap, building material. In the past, this type of traditional green building would have been found at any open air venue, where people gathered recreationally, especially in fair weather. (Hollow Ponds, Rising Sun pond.) Would the new owners make the place any better? If they pay more rent, they will put up the price of a cup of tea and wad, to offset the hike in rent, so no-one wins, except . . . Well, need I go on? No. Thunderbird4
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5:04pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Thunderbird4 wrote:
Surely the, Tea Hut, must be a Grade something, listed building.

This type of construction has been used for decades; well, since corrugated iron became an easily accessible, strong and cheap, building material.

In the past, this type of traditional green building would have been found at any open air venue, where people gathered recreationally, especially in fair weather. (Hollow Ponds, Rising Sun pond.)

Would the new owners make the place any better? If they pay more rent, they will put up the price of a cup of tea and wad, to offset the hike in rent, so no-one wins, except . . . Well, need I go on? No.
What has the tendering of the business got to do with 'Grading and type of building construction?'
[quote][p][bold]Thunderbird4[/bold] wrote: Surely the, Tea Hut, must be a Grade something, listed building. This type of construction has been used for decades; well, since corrugated iron became an easily accessible, strong and cheap, building material. In the past, this type of traditional green building would have been found at any open air venue, where people gathered recreationally, especially in fair weather. (Hollow Ponds, Rising Sun pond.) Would the new owners make the place any better? If they pay more rent, they will put up the price of a cup of tea and wad, to offset the hike in rent, so no-one wins, except . . . Well, need I go on? No.[/p][/quote]What has the tendering of the business got to do with 'Grading and type of building construction?' Villagecranberry
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9:23pm Wed 25 Jun 14

countrylad says...

if its good value for the forest it'll stay put. Lets just hope environmental health don't sniff around again
if its good value for the forest it'll stay put. Lets just hope environmental health don't sniff around again countrylad
  • Score: 1

8:21am Thu 26 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

It is their job to monitor premises serving consumables to the public.
It is their job to monitor premises serving consumables to the public. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -7

12:14am Fri 27 Jun 14

Jenny highams park says...

7000 people bothered to locate and sign to indicate that they want it saved, The corporation has not revealed the nature or number of threats. Isn't that rather convenient as it supports their want to get rid as it 'may attract trouble' although never has and without them releasing ANY evidence or details.
7000 people bothered to locate and sign to indicate that they want it saved, The corporation has not revealed the nature or number of threats. Isn't that rather convenient as it supports their want to get rid as it 'may attract trouble' although never has and without them releasing ANY evidence or details. Jenny highams park
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