Popular fruit and veg stall to make a return.
Byline: Ruth Mosalski Reporter email@example.com
A POPULAR fruit and vegetable stall will return to the traditional site in Cardiff it has occupied for nearly 40 years.
There has been a fruit and vegetable stall on Wellfield Road in Roath for more than 30 years.
The licence had been held by Saleem Omar since 1998 but in June he gave it up and the stall was removed - much to the concern of locals.
More than 2,600 residents have signed a petition to get the stall reinstated.
And now Neil Clark, who had worked on the stall, has had a licence granted by Cardiff council to reopen the stall.
He hopes to reopen the stall on Tuesday.
Mr Clark worked with Mr Omar for the past five years, and on the stall for the past year and a half.
Because licences cannot be transferred, the original licence was returned and has now been reissued by the council's public protection committee. As part of his application, Mr Clark wrote a letter asking for the licence to be given to him and said the stall is "part of the community".
"It seems a shame for the stall/landmark of Well-field Road and Albany Road to be closed. Over the years we have traded at this site and built a great rapport with customers, traders and residents of this area.
"We have had customers coming to this stall since it's been here, which I understand is 38 years.
"Ever since customers learned that Mr Omar was surrendering the licence it has been sad and sometimes tearful for them especially the elderly, as they rely on our service."
Since finding out his application has been approved he said he was delighted with the reaction from locals.
"It was great to have so much support. Every time I speak to people, they ask when it will be back. I've had such good support," said Mr Clark.
He said was delighted local people had backed a small local business and praised help from the council's licensing department.
A letter from Jenny Rathbone AM was also sent to Cardiff council asking for the application to be "expedited".
"The local residents are clamouring for the service providing fair price fruit and vegetables," she said.
One resident had written to the Echo saying the stall is "missed by all".
"It is so empty at the junction of Albany Road and Wellfield Road," wrote Pentwyn resident Gloria Avery.
Ms Rathbone said: "It's fantastic news that the fruit and veg stall is returning.
"The stall does a great service in the area, and was sorely missed by many people when it closed. I'm looking forward to seeing it up and running again soon."
A fruit and vegetable stall is returning to Wellfield Road, Roath, Cardiff, next week MALCOLM MORGAN