Keynsham doesn't need a Costa, objectors tell council
By BeckyFeather | Monday, September 10, 2012, 18:15
Objections are flooding in to Costa's plans to take over the old Clinton Cards shop in Keynsham - with warnings that established businesses could be pushed out and jobs lost.
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The South West Coffee franchise, which runs several Costa branches in Bristol, has applied to Bath & North East Somerset Council to change the use of the card shop at 50 High Street to a coffee shop, opening from 7am to 8pm.
Around 30 objections have already been lodged with the council, with the general feeling being that there is no need for another coffee shop as there are already several in Keynsham, plus pubs and bars which sell teas and coffees, and there are concerns that local independents could be pushed out of business.
Bath Bakery in Temple Street, which runs a coffee shop, told the council: "This application should be rejected on the grounds that the area is already very well provided with cafes and coffee houses, many of which are struggling finanically in these difficult times.
"Yet another caf will dilute the customers base even more and take custom from established businesses. If trading conditions are made more difficult in any way, but particularly by the introduction of yet another facility, businesses may fail and jobs will surely be lost.
"Furthermore there is already a shortage of car parking in the area and any new customers coming to the area will have nowhere to park."
Another objector told the council: "I enjoy Keynsham because of the local shops, not brands."
And Louisa Smith, of Queens Road, commented: "Keynsham is overrrun with charity shops, coffee shops and the like."
Some objectors have suggested alternative uses for the empty unit, including a pet or clothes shop.
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