LEYTONSTONE: Campaign to save cabin take-away

The Log Cabin may close

The Log Cabin may close

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CUSTOMERS are fighting to save a long-running 24-hour takeaway which may be demolished to make way for a cycle lane.

The Log Cabin, close to Hollow Ponds in Whipps Cross Road, Leytonstone, will be pulled down under plans to improve access to the Olympic Games.

Owner Jamie Phillips, 27, said he would be devastated to lose the cabin, which has been in his family for 30 years He has been given until May 16 to collect enough signatures to show there is widepread support for the takeaway.

He said: “I am very upset. This is my livelihood.

“I will lose my house and everything if this place closes.

“Last year alone I spent £30,000 kitting out the place. It means everything to me.

“If it is going to be so substantial, why do they not put the cycle lane in the main carriageway, as they have around the borough?”

Customers have offered their support for the business, which is used by staff at nearby Whipps Cross University Hospital, cabbies, lorry drivers and other night-time workers.

A total of 180 people have signed an online petition, which went live on Monday.

Supporters questioned the logic of closing the business.

Danielle Maraldo said: “Working a shift pattern for an emergency service, there are very few places open all night to go and get hot food and drink.

“The Cabin has fed and watered me for the last 10 years, there is nothing else like it in the surrounding area, it would be a great loss to the late night working community.

Karen Rane said: “I think it is disgusting that someone has to lose their business just because of the Olympics.

Barbara Tate: “I’ve been eating there since I was a kid, I'm now 42 and still to this day, I use it regularly. When are we going to stop destroying our history?”

Waltham Forest Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Clyde Loakes, said: "The Corporation of London owns the land on which the Log Cabin sits.

"The Council has repeatedly asked the Corporation to release land, so the proposed new cycle path and footway can be diverted around the cabin to protect the livelihood of the Cabin owner and allow his business to remain open.

"Unfortunately, the Corporation have categorically refused to allow this to happen during more than six months of negotiation.

"The Council has now reluctantly been forced to consider de-designating the land the cabin stands on to allow the cycle path and footway to be built.

"We really hope the Corporation will reconsider."

He added that Whipps Cross Road is a congested route and needs 'significant' improvements to allow it to cope with the thousands of extra pedestrians, cyclists and drivers who are expected to use it during the Olympics.

To sign the petition visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/savethelogcabin/

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8:36pm Wed 20 Apr 11

Sean P says...

Don't get rid of the Log Cabin! It's a Leytonstone landmark.
Don't get rid of the Log Cabin! It's a Leytonstone landmark. Sean P
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8:49pm Wed 20 Apr 11

mdj says...

A cycle lane would simply reinstate the old tram line route, visible in old photographs. It's closure enabled this and other cabins to spring up by squatters' rights on what was 'no-mans-land', worth nobody's time to reclaim.
To place the cycle lane on the road would be absurd, and a wasted chance to make cycling safer. Can the cabin simply not change its openings, so that it opens to face the land behind the road, where its customers park?
A cycle lane would simply reinstate the old tram line route, visible in old photographs. It's closure enabled this and other cabins to spring up by squatters' rights on what was 'no-mans-land', worth nobody's time to reclaim. To place the cycle lane on the road would be absurd, and a wasted chance to make cycling safer. Can the cabin simply not change its openings, so that it opens to face the land behind the road, where its customers park? mdj
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9:56pm Wed 20 Apr 11

inézc says...

Leave it where it is - you can't close that!
Leave it where it is - you can't close that! inézc
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11:31pm Wed 20 Apr 11

Seeing Sense says...

If people are going to wring their hands over a glorified hot dog stand they really need to get out more.
If people are going to wring their hands over a glorified hot dog stand they really need to get out more. Seeing Sense
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8:25am Thu 21 Apr 11

John Moss says...

You can't get rid of the cabin!

This where all the new Dads go for something to eat after the happy event at Whipps.
You can't get rid of the cabin! This where all the new Dads go for something to eat after the happy event at Whipps. John Moss
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10:22am Thu 21 Apr 11

Barry Croz says...

considering it appeared overnight and had no planning permission to be there, they are luck to have got away with it for so long.

I recall the Corporation of London saying that they would not take any action against it but it was illegally there.

The same thing applied to the Caravan that used to be opposite the main entrance to Whipps Cross Hospital. that burnt down and was never replaced.

There was a long long running News feature in the 70's about this (see guardians passim)

Do you really need three 'cafes' or burger stalls within 30 yards of each other in a three quarter mile stretch of road? Blot on the landscape in my view.
considering it appeared overnight and had no planning permission to be there, they are luck to have got away with it for so long. I recall the Corporation of London saying that they would not take any action against it but it was illegally there. The same thing applied to the Caravan that used to be opposite the main entrance to Whipps Cross Hospital. that burnt down and was never replaced. There was a long long running News feature in the 70's about this (see guardians passim) Do you really need three 'cafes' or burger stalls within 30 yards of each other in a three quarter mile stretch of road? Blot on the landscape in my view. Barry Croz
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6:46am Fri 22 Apr 11

Barry Croz says...

I forgot to mention that this place has not been there for 30 years. It was put on Corporation of London land in the 80's and Barbara Tate must have her 'history' mixed up. The brick built one 30 metres away has been there much longer. The Boating Shed further down the road hopposite the entrance to Whipps Cross has been there the longest and propably dates from Victorian times originally. They even do food there now
I forgot to mention that this place has not been there for 30 years. It was put on Corporation of London land in the 80's and Barbara Tate must have her 'history' mixed up. The brick built one 30 metres away has been there much longer. The Boating Shed further down the road hopposite the entrance to Whipps Cross has been there the longest and propably dates from Victorian times originally. They even do food there now Barry Croz
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