Many people have been surprised and saddened by the news that Coffee Cranks, who currently operate the cafe facility in the Alex Park pavilion building, have decided to close when their current lease terminates at the end of this month. The three Whalley Range Labour councillors (Angeliki Stogia, Muqaddasah Bano and Aftab Razaq) have made this statement about the closure:
Over the last five years, Coffee Cranks have proved to be a great asset to Alex Park, providing a welcoming and well-managed facility which has been really popular with all parts of the local community. So we were really disappointed to hear that they will be closing, and we are concerned about why this has happened. Since learning about the imminent closure, Angeliki has spoken to the Coffee Cranks managers and then to the Council’s Parks team leader. We understand that Coffee Cranks were offered an extension to their lease at a very late stage, but the circumstances of the offer and a history of poor communication have sadly been factors in their decision not to continue their operation in Alex Park.
Although it appears to be too late to change the decision of Coffee Cranks, we will try to establish the facts of the process which has led to this point, including making detailed enquiries of those involved on the Council team, so that at least lessons can be learnt for the future to avoid repeating this unfortunate outcome.
In the meantime, we have received an undertaking from the Parks service that the pavilion toilets will be open as normal from Tuesday 2 August, and that they will continue to support the regular schedule of activity and the school holiday programme in this well used space. They have also told us “there will be a short period of time until we have a partner on site to offer refreshments”.
We will keep everyone updated as and when we find out more.