Peter Wilding, a beloved florist of a popular stall by Twickenham station has been forced to set up shop outside Teddington Station after being given 7 days notice to move.
He was told by Solum, who will be re-developing Twickenham train station, that from May 5th, last Friday, he would no longer be able to pitch up from his current location.
It looks to be Teddington’s gain though as Twickenham residents are outraged by the treatment of their favourite florist.
Emily Saunders, radio presenter from Twickenham said: “I believe morally the length of notice to move is without compassion.
“Surely they can provide a pitch by the temporary entrance that will exist in the carpark?
“A florist by a station is a lovely amenity and so many commuters are going to miss his expert knowledge and chance to not just buy from him but the friendly chat that goes with it.”
A spokesperson for Richmond council said: “South West Trains are responsible for the flower stall trading licence on their land outside Twickenham Train Station.
“However, Richmond Council officers have been talking to the florist for a number of weeks to try and help look at relocation options on public ally owned sites, in high footfall areas, that do not require planning permission.”