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Cafe owner’s fury after council installs enormous 5G phone mast outside his shop

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Cafe owner’s fury after council installs enormous 5G phone mast outside his shop weeks after it opened – as he says ‘monstrosity’ has halved his profits and is driving customers away

  • Ray Nicholson, 54, opened the Nico Patties cafe in Harrow in summer 2020
  • Weeks later, the 5G ‘monstrosity’ was built outside the north west London cafe 
  • Takings at the eatery have fallen from £300 a day to just £150

A cafe owner has voiced fury at the council after an enormous 5G mast appeared outside his business. 

Ray Nicholson, 54, says his profits have been cut in half since the 5G ‘monstrosity’ was erected in front Nico Patties in Harrow, north west London. 

Former football coach Mr Nicholson, who has lived in the area since 1974, opened the cafe in summer 2020, offering Caribbean patties, doughnuts and sweet treats, The Sun reports. 

Just weeks later, the giant mast appeared outside the premises, and takings at the eatery have fallen from £300 a day to just £150. 

Ray Nicholson, 54, says his profits have been cut in half since the 5G ‘monstrosity’ was erected in front Nico Patties in Harrow, north west London

Former football coach Mr Nicholson, who has lived in the area since 1974, opened the cafe in summer 2020, offering Caribbean patties, doughnuts and sweet treats

Former football coach Mr Nicholson, who has lived in the area since 1974, opened the cafe in summer 2020, offering Caribbean patties, doughnuts and sweet treats

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Mr Nicholson had invested £14,000 in the business and regularly works 12-hour shifts, but says the mast is driving his customers away and he feels he has ‘nothing left’ to give. 

He said: ‘I just don’t understand why the council has done it. There is all that space on the pavement and they just stuck it in front of my shop.

‘It is the worst planning I have ever seen and it has been a major, major problem. Everyone was laughing at the beginning but it is not funny at all.’

Mr Nicholson claims the council did not warn him about construction or consult him about the plans – and says his is the only shop in the borough with a pole right outside the main door. 

He now fears he may have to close his business. 

Mr Nicholson also said his rent has increased from £750 a month to £850 ‘even though that monstrosity has been put up in front of the shop’. 

He has not bought a trellis and hedge to wrap around the shaft as he plans to turn the area outside his shop into a seating area complete with a parasol. 

MailOnline has contacted Harrow Council for comment.  

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