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A Place In The Sun presenter Laura Hamilton discovered that her new cafe/deli Lord Roberts On The Green was not welcome by neighbours after she received complaints from various residents. The 38-year-old spoke out on the “haters” who were upset after she “brought more traffic to the area”.
You can’t make everyone happy
Laura exclusively told Express.co.uk: “It was a falling-down Post Office shop, and then we renovated it and bought it back to the community but created something amazing.
“There’s money in the area, nice property in the area, but nowhere lovely to it. It was on a village green but it’s been quite interesting because you’re always going to get haters, you can’t make everyone happy.
“It went from being a quiet village shop, but we turned it into a bustling place, which has brought more traffic to the area.
“It has increased interest, but there have been houses around the village green that have complained, my anger to that is that you don’t buy a property near to a school if you don’t want to deal with school traffic.”
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Laura went on to advise residents not to “buy a property near a commercial business” if they were afraid of change or visitors.
During the lockdown, the presenter has seen her focus shift to her cafe/deli business which became a “lifeline” to vulnerable members of the community.
The property presenter said: “It’s my thing on the side really and I was like we have to do something with it to help people if we have got access to suppliers for fruit and veg.
“I said to my husband right let’s use it and try to help people, so we did, instead of closing down within 24 hours we turned back into the village shop and started looking after loads of people in the community.”
Today as pubs, bars, and restaurants allow customers to return, Laura revealed that many punters are “gagging” to get out on what’s been labelled “Super Saturday”.
She said: “We’ve got so many customers that are gagging to be able to get out and go to places, so I think we are putting measures in place to see how we control that.
“We’ve got the benefit of the green opposite so that people can sit there on the green, but on the flip side, you’re going to have hesitant people who aren’t going to want to go out. We will still be there for those people.”
It is expected today millions will flock to their nearest watering holes and the property presenter is “anticipating” to be “very busy”.
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She divulged: “We only have ten tables outside and I don’t want to open indoors just yet as I have to protect my staff. We went from when we first opened having 24 staff which has gradually reduced over time as we don’t need that many.
“I think now we’re down to about 16 staff. We’ve only got 6 or 7 working for us, and we have put the rest on furlough.
“I need to respect the staff we have that wanted to work and wanted to help carry the business.”
Laura is hesitant to open inside yet and will remain with only outdoor space available right now despite the “impact” upon the business.
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She admitted: “We’re going to be so weather dependent, we’re going to have days it’s completely dead because it’s poured down.
“I’m a glass half full person, I always try to be positive about a situation let’s make the best of it, we can’t change it so let’s try and make the best of it.”
Filming on A Place In The Sun has been recently halted due to coronavirus; however, there will be lots of new episodes dropping in August.
Laura said: “So we have got a run of 40 going out in August. In October it’s going prime time!”
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