Over the past couple of months, I have been involved in the local campaign to help the confectioners run by Mr and Mrs Maisuria on the Beaumont Estate. Readers who’ve visited this site before, will remember the opening of the shop in April, which was attended by local MP, Harry Cohen and I.
Unfortunately, barely three months after that lovely day, Mr Maisuira’s business is being threatened with closure because of building work going on the Beaumont Estate, to give the area a much needed and welcome face lift. Access to the shop has been blocked off since early July and Mr and Mrs Maisuria are losing worrying amounts of takings.
It is critical that the building work takes place. I, for one, will be extremely pleased to see the demolition of St Catherine’s and St Paul’s Towers, which have been in a terrible state for a long while. However, whilst we regenerate our most needy estate, we shouldn’t drive its only shop out of business.
To help the Maisurias (pictured above) in their campaign, I invited them to Waltham Forest Town Hall to address a meeting of the full council in the council chamber. They were accompanied by their neighbours Dawn and Don (pictured above right) who own the Beaumont Arms pub a little way down the road. The Beaumont Arms has also been affected by the works.
After his three minute speech, Mr Maisuria handed a petition signed by over 300 local people to the Mayor.
I am now heavily involved in negotiations with my councillor colleagues and the Forest Homes Housing Association to save Beaumont’s sweet shop.