Last year Councillors were consulted about a reduction in opening hours to assist the business at Cafe Mandels, this was agreed. Subsequently we have been asked for our views on a request from the tenant of Cafe Mandels to close down between the 31st August and Easter, a period of eight months.
All the Shaw and Crompton Councillors were of a view that this was unacceptable, however we understand that the tenant decided to terminate her lease prior to this decision being communicated to her.
Cafe Mandels is a well-used community facility in Dunwood Park and when the building was renovated and subsequently let out it was the intention that this community facility was not a seasonal one but available throughout the year.
Shaw and Crompton Councillors have supported this facility from its inception and will continue to do so. We will now make sure that it is re tendered quickly and continue to support a new operator.
It is regrettable that the current tenant has decided to pull out of Cafe Mandels but her desire to close for eight months out of twelve is unacceptable to both councillors and users if the park alike.