Cycle cafe locked in row with council after it bans cycling clubs from stopping there


A cycle cafe is at war with a local council after it banned cycling clubs from stopping there before, during or after rides.

The Velolife Cafe, in the small Berkshire hamlet of Warren Row on the edge of the Chilterns, has been banned from allowing groups of cyclists to gather there after the residents of a neighbouring cottage complained about “noise and disturbance”.

The decision prompted outrage from members of the cycling community, including Chris Lawless, a member of Team Ineos, who branded it “a joke”.

Chris Boardman, the former Olympic cyclist, wrote on Twitter: “This isn’t motorcycle gangs, drunks or even noisy people, it’s mostly middle aged people getting some exercise with their friends.”

Jeremy Vine, the BBC Radio 2 broadcaster,  also waded into the debate, saying he would be “shocked if any council has the right to do this.”

The Velolife Cafe was opened by Lee Goodwin in 2016 on the site of a former pub. The following year, issued an enforcement notice stating that he had not obtained the relevant planning permission for its change of use and demanded it close down.


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