A bit of an issue, especially as Dickens Heath is served by Mortons (which is a really nice restaurant that serves coffee), The Chalice (that also provides coffee), a Tesco Express (that has a take-a-way Costa Coffee) and the wonderful Coffee Cloud – an independent coffee shop. All these establishments are on Main Street, Dickens Heath. To add to these establishments are Giovanni’s (an Italian Restaurant) and an Indian restaurant. I think you will glean from this there are enough coffee providers – and I love coffee.
There is a planning application for a Costa Coffee shop on Main Street and I think this is over-kill and poses a threat to the wonderful independent ‘Coffee Cloud’ and Mortons. I have therefore written to the applicants and their agent asking them to withdraw the application (see letters posted here): Mr George AbuaitaMr Kamlesh Singh . I will also contact the Estates Manager, asking him to think about the consequences of allowing another (national) company opening a coffee shop on Main Street.
The documents relating to the application can be found here: PL_2017_02955_PPFL-APPLICATION_FORM_NO_PERSONAL_DATA-788175 PL_2017_02955_PPFL-PLANNING_STATEMENT-788170 PL_2017_02955_PPFL-PROPOSED_FLOOR_PLAN-788168 PL_2017_02955_PPFL-LOCATION___BLOCK_PLANS-788171
I am not opposed to Costa Coffee as an organisation but feel the intrusion into Dickens Heath is unwarranted and would pose a threat to existing service providers. I say ‘No to Costa Coffee in this instance’ and will be supporting Tim and Deana at Coffee Cloud. It would be absolutely tragic for a wonderful independent trader to be put out of business by a global brand. I have suggested in my letter to the applicants where it may be possible for them to grow their business. Lets ask them to leave Dickens Heath alone.
Do you agree?