Longton trader facing battle to stay in business

The operator of a popular jacket potato stand that has been trading in Longton since 1986 has been told to close.

David Suddes has run "Sudd's Spuds" from a stand at the Longton Exchange for the last twenty years, but has now been asked by the shopping centre to cease trading at the site.

Sudd's Spuds is a licensed pitch, and the stand is owned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council which rent it back to Mr Suddes.

Mr Suddes told Signal News that he had been sent a solicitors letter outlining the reasons why he had to shut down, and gave him 14 day notice to comply.

In the last week, 64 year-old Mr Suddes has gained over 2,500 signatures for a petition backing his business and its place in the local community.

He also says he's had support from the council and the MP for Longton, Jack Brereton, to carry on trading.

The letter which David received outlines a number of objections to the site continuing including the smell, the pitch being unsightly and David's van causing an obstruction which impacts traders in the precinct. 

David says he's going to "stick it out" and carry on trading at the Exchange until he receives a court order telling him to go. 



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