A petition has been started to showcase Shenley’s support for the Snaffle Shack, a popular catering stall on Andrew Close, since its future has been thrown into question.
Maca and Deborah, the owners of Snaffle Shack, applied to renew its Street Trading Licence in January.
Hertsmere Borough Council (HBC) had just changed its licencing rules, and under the new regime the community was to be engaged in a consultation before any licence could be granted.
Consultations were carried out in May, but Maca and Deborah were only told in September that three anonymous complaints had been lodged blaming the Snaffle Shack for parking problems at Andrew Close.
HBC invited Shenley Parish Council to a meeting on October 9, but it was adjourned after Shenley representatives said they hadn’t been given due notice of the prior community consultation. Now, Hertsmere will hold another during November.
“I can’t believe how much anxiety, stress and sleeplessness this has caused us,” Maca told RadlettNews.
“There are six businesses at Andrew Close, all of which draw customers to the parking facilities here. It’s not our fault that the road is used as a through-road or short-cut across the area, either.”
Maca told his story to customer Lynn Morris, who decided to set up a petition to save the Snaffle Shack on October 1. The petition accrued over 400 signatures in just under ten days.
Meanwhile, Maca shared that other loyal customers have put up signs on lampposts redirecting cars away from Andrew Close, to ease pressure and blame levied on the Snaffle Shack.
“I’ve lived in Shenley for 26 years, and I’ve always wanted to set up my business here,” Maca said.
“There weren’t any shops available to licence so we set up our little trailer four years ago, and the people of Shenley have always been hugely supportive.
“I hope that three anonymous complaints won’t stop us from serving our community.”
The petition is live at https://www.change.org/p/save-snaffle-shack
Photo Credit: Snaffle Shack