Petition launched for new Dunnies cafe

A sad and sorry state – a boarded-up Dunnies cafe on Easter Sunday, a time in years past it would have been very popular

A sad and sorry state – a boarded-up Dunnies cafe on Easter Sunday, a time in years past it would have been very popular

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A petition to get a replacement built for Otley’s iconic Dunnies cafe has gathered more than 300 signatures within days.

The move follows an unusual Easter Monday that saw the now boarded-up riverside cafe, which in previous years would be heaving with visitors at this time of year, deserted.

Resident Ian Adamson, angered at the loss of a “very special” meeting place, has started the online petition in support of a campaign by MP Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem, Leeds North West).

Mr Mulholland is asking developers Gladman Care Homes – who will build a 48-flat development on the nearby former All Saints Middle School site, off Bridge Street – to provide a new cafe for the community.

On his petition site, Mr Adamson says: “The cafe was well known across the North of England and attracted many visitors from far and wide to Otley.

“Dunnies also provided an important meeting place for the elderly people of the area, the disabled, disadvantaged and underprivileged.

“The removal of the cafe from this site completely changes the character of the riverside area of Otley and has left very many people without a regular meeting place.

“Gladman has the financial power to provide a replacement cafe as supported by the MP.”

As reported earlier this year, Mr Mulholland has written to the head of Gladman Care Homes, David Gladman, to ask him to consider incorporating a cafe into the scheme.

He said: “I sincerely hope Gladman will look to work with the community they want to move into, and meet me and campaigners to further discuss a replacement cafe.”

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4:47am Sun 27 Apr 14

grumpysmithy says...

Please retain a cafe on that site, too many buildings are being torn down.
Please retain a cafe on that site, too many buildings are being torn down. grumpysmithy
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7:06am Wed 30 Apr 14

mrshlp says...

Ah as usual Otley has some bizarre priorities. We have nowhere for young people to go, we have no adult education centre, we have nowhere helping NEET youngsters to find work and yet the community seems help bent reopening a café when there are plenty of them around the town. It makes me quite angry to be honest. If they are talking about building a café, lets make it somewhere which can be used to help young people. It could open in the evenings as a youth café and be run during the day by people needing help into work. There could be IT, literacy and maths classes to help young parents back into work. Lets not waste the opportunityy
Ah as usual Otley has some bizarre priorities. We have nowhere for young people to go, we have no adult education centre, we have nowhere helping NEET youngsters to find work and yet the community seems help bent reopening a café when there are plenty of them around the town. It makes me quite angry to be honest. If they are talking about building a café, lets make it somewhere which can be used to help young people. It could open in the evenings as a youth café and be run during the day by people needing help into work. There could be IT, literacy and maths classes to help young parents back into work. Lets not waste the opportunityy mrshlp
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7:06am Wed 30 Apr 14

mrshlp says...

At the risk of being unpopular can I just say how angry this makes me. Otley has plenty of cafes meanwhile we have no college and no youth provision. We have nowhere helping people to find jobs. We need to seriously look at our priorities. Now if we were talking a community run café providing work opportunities and training and a youth café in the evenings then I would wholeheartedly be in support.
At the risk of being unpopular can I just say how angry this makes me. Otley has plenty of cafes meanwhile we have no college and no youth provision. We have nowhere helping people to find jobs. We need to seriously look at our priorities. Now if we were talking a community run café providing work opportunities and training and a youth café in the evenings then I would wholeheartedly be in support. mrshlp
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