A falafel kiosk shut down by the council for a new ‘seating and planting scheme’ has re-opened in a different location.

Falafel House on Gloucester Green closed back in March after Oxford City Council decided not to renew their lease.

The business had been operating on the square for nearly 30 years.

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But the owners have now re-opened their takeaway restaurant on 42A Abingdon Road.

One person wrote on social media: “Please support the amazing Falafel House on the Abingdon Road, next to the Kurdish barbers.

Oxford Mail:

“It's the same people who were in Gloucester Green for 30 years, before the council closed the little huts down.

“The food is delicious!!”

Another added: “Will be there this weekend. Love his food! Super happy to hear he is still trading and in my area.”

Falafel House serves a mixture of kebabs, wraps with a variety of fillings, and stuffed khobez naans.

They also have a selection of sides and drinks on offer.

Oxford City Council is in the process of ending the leases of all the kiosks on Gloucester Green, as well as the market.

The businesses are set to be replaced by a new seating and planting scheme, similar to that at Broad Meadow, a statement released to the Oxford Mail in March revealed.

A council spokesperson explained: “The City Centre Action Plan is aimed at aiding the post-pandemic recovery of Oxford’s city centre and contains a series of proposals to boost the local economy and create new job opportunities and public spaces. 

“In a November 2021 consultation on the future of Oxford city centre, residents said they wanted the City Council to encourage more use of Gloucester Green.

“The area is identified as an opportunity area in the CCAP.”

But when asked by the Oxford Mail, the city council failed to provide an exact timeframe on when this plan would be implemented.

Oxford Mail:

The local authority also didn’t address why this plan justifies the closure of local businesses.

The council spokesperson continued: “Oxford City Council is creating a new seating and planting scheme at Gloucester Green.

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“The scheme will encourage greater use of Gloucester Green by breathing new life into the area with seating areas, informal performance space, and planting similar to the popular Broad Meadow scheme.

“The kiosk leases end in 2023, and so the city council is taking this opportunity to make improvements to the site.

“Also, in 2023 the city council is retendering the market operator contract for Gloucester Green Market.”