Hill Wood tea hut users views to be 'properly presented' during tendering process

Bradley Melton, who runs the business in Hill Wood, High Beech

Bradley Melton, who runs the business in Hill Wood, High Beech

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A petition against the putting out to tender of a tea hut lease will be put before a City of London Corporation committee on July 7.

Sue Ireland, the City of London Corporation’s director of open spaces, today received the petition with more than 8,000 signatures from a ‘Save the Tea Hut’ campaign delegation at the Guildhall in the Square Mile.

Paul Morris who started the petition was joined by fellow tea hut regulars, Ralph Ankers and Steve Barron, who expressed concern over the ‘bikers’ tea hut in High Beech, Epping Forest being put out to tender.

The director thanked the campaigners for the petition and for delivering it in person and assured them she would give their views just representation to the committee deciding the tendering process.

She said: “The petition demonstrates a significant level of public passion for the current Hill Wood Tea Hut.

“The Superintendent and I will ensure your comments and views are properly presented to the committee and no doubt it will want to explore how these views might be reflected in the current tender process.

“Let me assure you all that the whole Epping Forest team remains dedicated to the Forest’s well-being and to ensuring that it is enjoyed widely by this generation and those to come.”

The current operator’s licence expires in December and current proprietor Bradley Melton,33, is likely to enter despite the campaign against the process.

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4:38pm Fri 27 Jun 14

villager1 says...

She will make sure our views are properly presented during the tendering process? what does that mean? this is double speak much used by local government.. I read it as "we will pay lip service to your views, discuss them and then ignore them as we are still going ahead with the tendering process".

If they were to properly take account of the public's view they would withdraw from the tendering process and award a new lease to the current incumbent like they have done for the last 80+ years.
Do not think by any means that we are anywhere near a successful outcome yet.
She will make sure our views are properly presented during the tendering process? what does that mean? this is double speak much used by local government.. I read it as "we will pay lip service to your views, discuss them and then ignore them as we are still going ahead with the tendering process". If they were to properly take account of the public's view they would withdraw from the tendering process and award a new lease to the current incumbent like they have done for the last 80+ years. Do not think by any means that we are anywhere near a successful outcome yet. villager1
  • Score: 2

5:00pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

villager1 wrote:
She will make sure our views are properly presented during the tendering process? what does that mean? this is double speak much used by local government.. I read it as "we will pay lip service to your views, discuss them and then ignore them as we are still going ahead with the tendering process".

If they were to properly take account of the public's view they would withdraw from the tendering process and award a new lease to the current incumbent like they have done for the last 80+ years.
Do not think by any means that we are anywhere near a successful outcome yet.
There is more to this story than meets the eye as everyone connect with it knows.
[quote][p][bold]villager1[/bold] wrote: She will make sure our views are properly presented during the tendering process? what does that mean? this is double speak much used by local government.. I read it as "we will pay lip service to your views, discuss them and then ignore them as we are still going ahead with the tendering process". If they were to properly take account of the public's view they would withdraw from the tendering process and award a new lease to the current incumbent like they have done for the last 80+ years. Do not think by any means that we are anywhere near a successful outcome yet.[/p][/quote]There is more to this story than meets the eye as everyone connect with it knows. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

7:18pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

5 minutes listening to that Bradley can send one over the edge.

Boy, can he talk some rubbish.
5 minutes listening to that Bradley can send one over the edge. Boy, can he talk some rubbish. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

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