A viral social media campaign to save Glasgow’s University Cafe has over 9,000 likes and 7,230 shares.
After tax rises in the West End, which would see businesses having to pay £700 per vehicle to park outside, owners of the popular cafe said they may need to close.
Carlo Verecchia, who owns the business with his two brothers, said they did not anticipate the response.
“It was great, I didn’t really expect so many people to respond to it. I didn’t put it on myself, somebody must have put it in, they must have heard a rumour. It’s went viral I think.”
Carlo believes people feel strongly about the cafe because it is a Glasgow landmark.
“It’s like an icon, it’s been here for nearly 100 years – it’s only got another year to go for a hundred years that it’s been opened, and I don’t think there’s many cafes left.”
The Byres Road institution is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018.
The parking charges are the latest in a list of council plans which may affect small businesses, after businesses now have to pay £120 a month for a Business Improvement District (BID).
Parking charges for residents and shoppers have also affected business.
The closure of the Western Infirmary has also affected footfall to small businesses in the area.
A Facebook page to save Argyll and Bute’s Castle Toward shared a message:
Featured image – Flickr user Duncan C