Fay faces wait to learn tea garden fate
THE owner of the café concession in St Andrews Park has been told that launch of Bristol City Council’s tender process has been delayed.
As previously reported in Bishopston Voice, the decision to retender Fay’s Tea Garden was upheld by Bristol City Council at a Full Council Meeting in March, despite facing strong opposition from over 5,000 petitioners. Following on this, notices appeared in the park in July in regards to an application for the café’s Street Trading Consent licence (which will allow the successful bidder to trade), and the council then confirmed that the tender process would launch in the autumn.
However, Fay Aldridge, who has run the café since 2006, has told Bishopston Voice that the council have informed her the tender process is going ahead in January. She also added: “The successful applicant will be informed by mid February, for the new concession to begin in March/April.”
Speaking about the delay of the tender process launch, a spokesman for Bristol City Council said: “Due to a number of issues, the launch of the tender has been put back to early in the New Year, with a view to starting contracts from April. All existing outlets will be able to continue trading until the tender process has been completed and will be charged accordingly.
“Every concession pitch must have Street Trading Consent and these are now all in place, making the application process more simple for the successful bidder.”