A petition has been started to save a long-running Scarborough business from closure.
The Coffee Stop, a popular place for coffee lovers in the town, has been told it must cease trading at the end of this month.
The coffee van, which has been run for the last six years by Keith and Julie Winwood, has been denied a new trading licence from the borough council.
The pair were told the business did not fit with the aesthetic of the town, given its location outside the Brunswick Centre in Westborough.
It has left their customers and friends in a state of shock and anger.
A friend of the pair told The Scarborough News: “It is shocking.
“As far as anyone can tell it has all come about from one person complaining about it.
“The council has told them there are plenty of other places that serve the same need but no-one is open as early as Keith and Julie on a morning.
“If it is because of how it looks then that is strange as they rent the gazebo they use from the council.”
Julie Winwood has now started an online petition, which has been signed by more than 500 people in its first few days.
She states that if the council is successful in shutting them down then they will lose their livelihood.
Jonathan Bramley, Scarborough Borough Council Environment and Regulation manager said: “We are applying the terms of our new Street Trading Policy and Consent Order to all street traders throughout the borough. This supersedes any previous agreements traders may have had with our other council departments that permitted them to trade.
"We can confirm that The Coffee Stop’s application for Street Trading Consent was turned down after being assessed against the policy criteria.
"Our reasons for refusal have been explained to the operators. We are now looking to assist the operators in finding an alternative trading solution for their business.”
To view the petition, visit here