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Tiger Lil roars in fury at council banning her display board

PUBLISHED: 20:23 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:50 05 October 2010

TIGER LIL is one of a group of angry traders who’ve been protesting tonight over the local authority banning their street advertising boards in London’s East End, which they say is killing trade. Shopkeepers along Roman Road in Bow are being banned from putting the boards on the pavement without a permit. But Leona Rogers, who runs Tiger Lil’s florist’s, already had a permit—yet she’s still banned by red tape

Else Kvist

TIGER LIL has been roaring in anger down The Roman’ with others along the shopping parade who’ve been protesting tonight (Wednesday) over the local authority banning their street advertising boards.

The shops along the Roman Road in London’s East End like Tiger Lil are also furious about “draconian” parking restrictions they say is killing trade.

The owners are being banned by the Town Hall from putting the boards on the pavement without a permit.

But Leona Rogers, who runs Tiger Lil’s the florist, already had a permit—yet she’s still banned by the red tape.

“I had to remove my ad-board from the pavement in order to reapply for a new permit,” she told the East London Advertiser.

“They made me take it away while re-applying, even though I had a licence, because it now comes under a different department. They also told me to remove my flower stand outside the shop!”

Her permit fee, incidentally, is trebling from £86 last year to £240.

She added: “I haven’t been able to put the board out for two days and only made £61 yesterday, when normally we take between £200 and £600 a day.”

Leona and the other shopkeepers along The Roman’ turned up at a meeting at Chicchi Café with Tower Hamlets council officials in their campaign against tough measures being introduced to clean up’ the street.

The businesses blame the council for driving trade away and letting the street decline.

They are being squeezed out, they feel, by unnecessary parking restrictions—and now the latest blitz on display boards.

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