Outside tables not a problem argue traders

Wantage Town Council say no to an al fresco cuppa

Wantage Town Council say no to an al fresco cuppa

First published in News

TRADERS have hit out at Wantage councillors for refusing to let Costa Coffee have four outside tables on its land.

Wantage Town Council said putting the tables and 12 chairs in Victoria Cross square would block access to the Arbery arcade.

The cafe chain was granted planning permission by Vale of White Horse District Council to put out the tables, but needs town council permission.

The tables would sit on a row of flat flag stones leading to the entrance of the Arbery arcade.

David Crossley Cooke, who owns the Costa shop and the Arbery arcade, said: “Have you known many town councils who want to be progressive?

“What harm does it do? Through the summer if they got a few tables along there it would be nice.”

Town councillor St John Dickson said: “Shops have said it would ruin their business.

“Shops in the arcade have an assumed right of way so Costa couldn’t put tables on the flat part.

“If you have got a lot of people standing out there it is going to make it impossibly busy.”

But Wendy and Colin Gale, who run The Stamp Attic stationery in the arcade, said they liked the scheme.

Mrs Gale said: “I don’t say ‘no’ to the tables, I just say be reasonable to other people trying to trade in the same area.”

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11:53am Sat 29 Mar 14

asbomick1 says...

The Sun is out this Morning ...I'm off up town to sit outside drinking coffee with my mates ....Oh Dear the Fun Nazies have struck again...I'll stay home then
Cheers Mick
The Sun is out this Morning ...I'm off up town to sit outside drinking coffee with my mates ....Oh Dear the Fun Nazies have struck again...I'll stay home then Cheers Mick asbomick1
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9:29pm Tue 1 Apr 14

grovite says...

You might want to pay for the image on this article. The water mark is there for a reason!
You might want to pay for the image on this article. The water mark is there for a reason! grovite
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10:02pm Tue 1 Apr 14

asbomick1 says...

I could always go to Grove with my mates to Milbrook Center as there are Tables & chairs outside a coffee/cake shop there. How Cosmopolitan ...Well done Grove
Cheers Mick
I could always go to Grove with my mates to Milbrook Center as there are Tables & chairs outside a coffee/cake shop there. How Cosmopolitan ...Well done Grove Cheers Mick asbomick1
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