Streatham's Hideaway ordered to remove signs

Hideaway Jazz Cafe on Streatham High Road

Hideaway Jazz Cafe on Streatham High Road

First published in News Streatham Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A prominent Streatham businesswoman could face thousands of pounds in fines for having unauthorised signs above her venue Hideaway.

Manager Frances Strachan has been left outraged after the council told her to take down two illuminated signs above the cafe and workplace next door.

Ms Strachan received a notice, dated August 24, warning the unauthorised advertisement fell foul of the Town and Country Planning Act.

It said failure to remove the sign could result in a maximum fine of £2,500 on conviction plus £250 for every day she failed to remove the sign.

Ms Strachan said: “It is outrageous. The council is meant to support new business.”

She said a council officer informed her a resident had complained light from the signs kept them awake at night.

She said: “One person moans and they tell us to pull down our means of advertising. It is nonsense.”

Businessman Lee Alley said: “I am utterly appalled. Here is someone who is putting money into Streatham, providing employment and doing a beautiful job. Then the council does this. It is not on.”

A spokesman for Lambeth Council said: “We want to support businesses but people have to respect planning regulations that are there for a reason.

This is an illegal advert that does not have permission and that a neighbour has complained to us about.

“We want to arrive at a solution with Ms Strachan and are keen to advise her about what type of advertisement would be acceptable.”

The Hideaway Jazz Cafe received acclaim since opening and was voted venue of the year in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in 2011.

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11:18am Thu 6 Sep 12

alanslingsby says...

I do my best to give Lambeth the benefit of the doubt, but stupidity like this makes it impossible.
I do my best to give Lambeth the benefit of the doubt, but stupidity like this makes it impossible. alanslingsby
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12:14pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Brian Maiden says...

''light from the sign kept them awake at night''?? What about the endless stream of emergency vehicles sirens'?, the sounds of idiots speeding and over revving motorbikes? the cacophony of various languages of people passing by? These are things to be expected if you live on one of the main arterial routes in and out of London. The resident who complained needs to pipe down or try sleeping with their eyes closed. Lambeth needs to support local businesses, especially within that area. Nothing but Somali shops for Somali people which can be pretty intimidating when passing through at night time.
''light from the sign kept them awake at night''?? What about the endless stream of emergency vehicles sirens'?, the sounds of idiots speeding and over revving motorbikes? the cacophony of various languages of people passing by? These are things to be expected if you live on one of the main arterial routes in and out of London. The resident who complained needs to pipe down or try sleeping with their eyes closed. Lambeth needs to support local businesses, especially within that area. Nothing but Somali shops for Somali people which can be pretty intimidating when passing through at night time. Brian Maiden
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3:31pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Bill Morgan says...

I have had many dealings with the planning team at Lambeth and they are normally a pathetic bunch of wimps when it comes to protecting residents, so this is quite a surprise.

However fear not Frances, when Dastardly Dave suspends all planning laws known to man, you can just put the signs up again.
I have had many dealings with the planning team at Lambeth and they are normally a pathetic bunch of wimps when it comes to protecting residents, so this is quite a surprise. However fear not Frances, when Dastardly Dave suspends all planning laws known to man, you can just put the signs up again. Bill Morgan
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