A businesswoman who took over her late mother’s café three months ago has been shocked by a notice telling her to leave the premises in six months.
Cindy Sutherland gave up her coffee shop business in Brighton to move back to Grantham and take over the Old Pavilion Tea Rooms in Wyndham Park which her mother, Jenny, had run since 2007. Jenny died of cancer in December.
But Cindy has now received a notice to end her tenancy there on September 30.
The lease on the tea rooms comes under the remit of Wyndham Park Bowls Club.
Cindy says she has had “brilliant” support from the community so it was a great shock to be given notice. She said: “I am so disappointed and feel let down by the bowls club. I have had brilliant support from community and from Wyndham Park Forum all the way.”
Cindy said her mother ran the tea rooms for eight years. She said she rented the room from the bowls club who had a lease from the council for 25 years.
Cindy said: “For a person to come along and try to take away a business built up over eight years by my mum before she is even cold disgusts me. I have tried to continue my mum’s legacy – nothing in the Tea Rooms has changed and, like my mum, I want the Tea Rooms to continue to be a community base for the park, promoting a great environment for all ages.”
Since taking over the business, Cindy has joined the Wyndham Park Forum, which is putting together a bid for a large slice of money from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop the park, of which Cindy believes the café is an important part.
She said the situation was not only affecting her but also the seven staff she employs at the café.
The cafe building was constructed by Gordon Storey whose name is on the notice served to Cindy. Mr Storey said he did not wish to comment at the moment. David Abernathy, a member of the bowls club committee and the Forum, also did not wish to comment.
Cindy added: “There was a recent engagement study with users of the park and the Tea Rooms came out as the top attraction. That is in no small part due to the role my mum played and how well she built up the business.”