Famous coffee stall visited by Rolling Stones and The Beatles saved from closure (From Your Local Guardian)
Famous Queenstown Road coffee stall visited by Rolling Stones and The Beatles saved from closure
A coffee stall once frequented by the Rolling Stones and The Beatles has been saved from losing its license
The future of Chelsea Bridge Coffee Stall, in Queenstown Road, was uncertain following complaints by people living in Chelsea Bridge Wharf over noise and litter.
But Wandsworth councillors voted last night to preserve the license, after a petition signed by more than 700 people to save the stall was presented.
Complaints were made to the council over noise, litter and anti-social behaviour by 27 members of the Chelsea Bridge Wharf Residents Association.
Neighbours said people urinated on stairs close to the river and customers were kicking balls against their lift.
The stall, which has been open since the 1940s, was a famous meeting spot for rockers known as the Chelsea Bridge Boys during the 1960s.
Renato Di Paola has been the license owner for about two years, with a 24 hour trading license being in place for over 45 years.
He said: "We do have a lot of residents in favour of us and haven't got a problem with us, there is some that have got a problem with us.
"We get all sorts, it is really there for the community. Police officers, underground workers, taxi drivers, young people that have gone out, ambulance drivers all come here."
The original snack stall is now an exhibit at the London Transport Museum, but a stall has continued to trade in the area.
Hundreds of former rockers signed the petition, with people living as far away as Australia and Hong Kong getting involved.
Mandi Hayden, 50, who started the petition, said: "Every single bit of the old Battersea has gone. It has just moved.
"They can't keep taking everything, they have got to leave us something - there is history behind it.
"There used to be a massive community spirit in Battersea when I was growing up in the 60s to 70s, it has really brought that back.
"It is lovely that spirit is alive and kicking and that many people came forward."
Robert Fry, 67, who grew up in the area, said: "I have lots of fond memories, I met my wife there.
"It was a meeting place, you would go there, have a cup of coffee and something to eat, a little bit of road racing."
The coffee stall will remain open from 8pm-2.30pm, with the licensee arranging for the area to be kept clean.
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