High Beach tea hut petition delivered to City of London's Guildhall

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Tea hut campaigners Steve Barron, Paul Morris and Ralph Ankers deliver the petition to the Corporation of London at the Guildhall this morning Tea hut campaigners Steve Barron, Paul Morris and Ralph Ankers deliver the petition to the Corporation of London at the Guildhall this morning

A delegation has delivered a petition with more than 8,000 signatures to the City of London Corporation urging it not to put the licence of a much-loved tea hut out for tender.

The online document has been drawn up in support of keeping the tea hut in High Beach, Epping Forest, under the control of its current manager, Bradley Melton.

The 33-year-old is the fourth generation of his family to run the hut, which has become popular with bikers, walkers and horse riders over the past 84 years.

The man behind the petition and a regular user of the hut, Paul Morris, delivered the petition, which will be considered next month, to Sue Ireland, the Corporation of London's director of open spaces.

The Corporation said due to budget reductions of 12.5 per cent in Epping Forest, it needs to ensure “value for money” on its licensed outlets.

A spokesman said: “The trustees have decided to ensure that they are achieving the best possible level of service and return for this facility through public advertisement.

“Tea huts are an Epping Forest tradition and we want that to continue, while meeting the service expectations of all our visitors.”

Mr Morris was joined by tea hut users Steve Barron from Waltham Abbey and Ralph Ankers of High Beach.

The Epping Forest Guardian is supporting the campaign to keep Mr Melton at the the hut and is at the Guidhall lending its support.

More on this story in next week's Guardian. 

 


 

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2:49pm Fri 27 Jun 14

peterread01@btinternet.com says...

High Beach Tea Hut.
Whether a recipient of charity funding or not, a large prestigious corporation like the City of London is rightly obliged to demonstrate transparency when awarding contracts for services rendered, -and achieve `Value For Money` for the forest Conservators by Open and public competitive tendering rather than fostering nepotism.
But this storm-in-a-tea-cup is about `value for money` for the end-user, rather than the conservators, and if this argument were put to them and their accountants respectfully,- they might relent.
Most of the supermarkets subsidise loss-leading `value-for-money` basics
and if the current tea-hut providers can promise to continue providing this for the Conservator`s traditional all-weather core customers, the City`s auditors may see some probity in a compromise.

Peter Read. Chingford. (
High Beach Tea Hut. Whether a recipient of charity funding or not, a large prestigious corporation like the City of London is rightly obliged to demonstrate transparency when awarding contracts for services rendered, -and achieve `Value For Money` for the forest Conservators by Open and public competitive tendering rather than fostering nepotism. But this storm-in-a-tea-cup is about `value for money` for the end-user, rather than the conservators, and if this argument were put to them and their accountants respectfully,- they might relent. Most of the supermarkets subsidise loss-leading `value-for-money` basics and if the current tea-hut providers can promise to continue providing this for the Conservator`s traditional all-weather core customers, the City`s auditors may see some probity in a compromise. Peter Read. Chingford. ( peterread01@btinternet.com
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4:09pm Fri 27 Jun 14

pan says...

peterread01@btintern
et.com
wrote:
High Beach Tea Hut.
Whether a recipient of charity funding or not, a large prestigious corporation like the City of London is rightly obliged to demonstrate transparency when awarding contracts for services rendered, -and achieve `Value For Money` for the forest Conservators by Open and public competitive tendering rather than fostering nepotism.
But this storm-in-a-tea-cup is about `value for money` for the end-user, rather than the conservators, and if this argument were put to them and their accountants respectfully,- they might relent.
Most of the supermarkets subsidise loss-leading `value-for-money` basics
and if the current tea-hut providers can promise to continue providing this for the Conservator`s traditional all-weather core customers, the City`s auditors may see some probity in a compromise.

Peter Read. Chingford. (
Obviously you are unaware that this is a forest run for the people and not been following the story.

They want to put prices up and the current leaseholder has held prices down through the tough times.

Value for money is not the reason here its return to the corporation and raise the money the consumers have to pay
[quote][p][bold]peterread01@btintern et.com[/bold] wrote: High Beach Tea Hut. Whether a recipient of charity funding or not, a large prestigious corporation like the City of London is rightly obliged to demonstrate transparency when awarding contracts for services rendered, -and achieve `Value For Money` for the forest Conservators by Open and public competitive tendering rather than fostering nepotism. But this storm-in-a-tea-cup is about `value for money` for the end-user, rather than the conservators, and if this argument were put to them and their accountants respectfully,- they might relent. Most of the supermarkets subsidise loss-leading `value-for-money` basics and if the current tea-hut providers can promise to continue providing this for the Conservator`s traditional all-weather core customers, the City`s auditors may see some probity in a compromise. Peter Read. Chingford. ([/p][/quote]Obviously you are unaware that this is a forest run for the people and not been following the story. They want to put prices up and the current leaseholder has held prices down through the tough times. Value for money is not the reason here its return to the corporation and raise the money the consumers have to pay pan
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12:14am Sat 28 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

peterread01@btintern
et.com
wrote:
High Beach Tea Hut.
Whether a recipient of charity funding or not, a large prestigious corporation like the City of London is rightly obliged to demonstrate transparency when awarding contracts for services rendered, -and achieve `Value For Money` for the forest Conservators by Open and public competitive tendering rather than fostering nepotism.
But this storm-in-a-tea-cup is about `value for money` for the end-user, rather than the conservators, and if this argument were put to them and their accountants respectfully,- they might relent.
Most of the supermarkets subsidise loss-leading `value-for-money` basics
and if the current tea-hut providers can promise to continue providing this for the Conservator`s traditional all-weather core customers, the City`s auditors may see some probity in a compromise.

Peter Read. Chingford. (
There is more to the story that has not been revealed. The man making the most noise is the empty vessel! Watch this space!
[quote][p][bold]peterread01@btintern et.com[/bold] wrote: High Beach Tea Hut. Whether a recipient of charity funding or not, a large prestigious corporation like the City of London is rightly obliged to demonstrate transparency when awarding contracts for services rendered, -and achieve `Value For Money` for the forest Conservators by Open and public competitive tendering rather than fostering nepotism. But this storm-in-a-tea-cup is about `value for money` for the end-user, rather than the conservators, and if this argument were put to them and their accountants respectfully,- they might relent. Most of the supermarkets subsidise loss-leading `value-for-money` basics and if the current tea-hut providers can promise to continue providing this for the Conservator`s traditional all-weather core customers, the City`s auditors may see some probity in a compromise. Peter Read. Chingford. ([/p][/quote]There is more to the story that has not been revealed. The man making the most noise is the empty vessel! Watch this space! Villagecranberry
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