Protest held over closure of lorry café

Protest outside Coops Cafe at the entrance to the Port of Boston.
Protest outside Coops Cafe at the entrance to the Port of Boston.

Angry café owners and lorry drivers gathered at the Port of Boston on Saturday to protest against the potential closure of the lorry park.

Lucy Cooper and Mary Hodson, of Coops Café, at the lorry park on St John’s Road near Boston docks, stood with others to protest after finding themselves ‘left in the dark’ over plans to move the council’s environmental services depot to their location.

The plans would see both the lorry park and the café forced to move elsewhere and potentially close.

They already have a petition with more than 1,000 signatures against the move.

Lucy said: “We really don’t know anything because the council won’t tell us anything and we have got eight to 13 weeks to wait til we know what’s going on.

“We’re devastated.”

There are concerns that, after running for 14-and-a-half years, the café and park could be lost forever.

“Boston borough have said there’s nowhere to put us. At the moment, we’ve got the lorry park and dock and everything’s in the area. If they put us somewhere without all that there’s no point.”

In a statement council leader Peter Bedford explained the current depot at Fen Road is rented land, adding that apart from the café there is no other income from the lorry park.

He said that in the long-term the move could save more than £100,000 of tax payers’ money.

He said: “While I sympathise with the people running the café the council has to make best use of its resources in these financially difficult times to the maximum benefit of all its council tax payers.”

A spokesman said a planning decision for the move is anticipated within the next two months.