There has been much press coverage on the resistance of local people in Southwold to a plan to open a Costa Coffee Shop in Southwold High Street.
Histrionics on local websites have talked of “Southwold snobbishness”, but the real truth is that we just don’t need another place to buy coffee here, and a feeling that Southwold could become another town with ubiquitous high street names.
Fortunately, as the EADT reports below, enough people made their views felt, and Costa must look elsewhere.
People power won the day after campaigners successfully fought off a bid from the national Costa Coffee chain to open a new cafe in the town.
A crucial meeting at a packed Lowestoft Town Hall saw Waveney District council’s development control committee tonight (Tuesday 19th June) refuse plans by Costa Coffee to open a new branch at 70, High Street – the former Fanny & Franks’ clothes shop.
More than 60 people turned out for the meeting, and after more than an hour of debate seven district councillors voted to refuse the plans with just four backing the proposals.
With more than 90 objections to the proposals, including Southwold Town Council, the chamber of trade and the Southwold and Reydon Society (SRS)m, fears which had been raised about turning Southwold into a “clone town” were allayed.