Row brewing over approval of Costa coffee shop in Cottingham
TRADERS have hit out at a council decision to back plans for a new Costa coffee shop in Cottingham.
The multi-national coffee house operator is set to move into a former frozen food store after East Riding councillors approved a change of use planning application.
But the move has infuriated a number of independent traders in the village who claim some councillors went against their word by supporting the Costa scheme.
The change of use had also been recommended for refusal by Cottingham Parish Council.
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Parish councillors voted against the scheme earlier this year, citing concerns over traffic congestion and the lack of any fire escape at the rear of the building.
They also voiced concerns of the loss of a retail unit.
There are currently five coffee shops within a few hundred yards of the empty King Street unit destined to be converted into a franchise of the world's second-largest coffeehouse chain.
Four of them are independently run by local owners.
Kris Lake, who runs Kristoff's in nearby Hallgate, said: "It is disappointing when councillors say one thing and then do something completely different when it comes to the vote.
"I can accept Costa coming into Cottingham. It's going to be new competition and we have to adapt to that."
Mr Lake has even put a sign outside his café ironically thanking councillors for backing the Costa application.
Tom Boyle, of Blondes coffee shop in King Street, spoke against the Costa scheme at this week's committee meeting.
He said: "I wasn't just speaking on behalf of the traders. Plenty of people who live in the village are against the idea of a Costa opening in that location.
"There are serious potential traffic problems if delivery lorries decided to park on King Street instead of the proper loading bays in the Market Green.
"Like Kris, I am very disappointed in our local councillors."
Mike Harris, chairman of the Cottingham Traders' Association, said he was concerned about the increasing lack of variety for shoppers in the village.
He said: "There reaches a stage when you can only have so many coffee shops and so many hairdressers.
"My worry is that without a variety of shops, people will stop coming here.
"There is a tipping point with certain types of use and I think we are in danger of going over that point in the case of cafés."