Meeting on future use of Wimborne Square after plans submitted for outdoor café

Bournemouth Echo: ‘DISADVANTAGE’: Mark Brown and assistant manager Sophie Dayus ‘DISADVANTAGE’: Mark Brown and assistant manager Sophie Dayus

A PUBLIC meeting to discuss the future use of Wimborne Square will take place in 2014.

Plans to split the area into three for use as an ‘alfresco cafe’ have been submitted to the district council.

As part of the proposals, only those businesses bordering the divides – Lloyds TSB, Wimborne Interiors and Ockenden and Hemming jewellers – will be allowed to set up outdoor cafe facilities, even though none serve refreshments.

The plans attracted criticism from Costa Coffee franchisee Mark Brown, who said they would leave him at a ‘complete disadvantage’, and the council decided to defer their decision until a public consultation had taken place.

The meeting will be held at Allendale House in Wimborne on January 6 from 6pm.

A spokesman from the district council said: “The provision of an outdoor café on part of the pedestrianised area has been discussed in the past, but the area the café could occupy and the way in which the operator or operators would be selected has not yet been decided.”

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5:04pm Thu 26 Dec 13

sturman says...

Storm in a coffee cup?
Storm in a coffee cup? sturman

7:44pm Thu 26 Dec 13

kalebmoledirt says...

Why is the name of a giant franchise charging 3000% Mark up on a spoonful of coffee sway the council .Wimborne as class .Costa .Starbucks.And the others that have at best a dodgy tax records be allowed to push out genuinely British coffee houses.I live In. France and our small, smart market towns seem to survive without plastic cups and expensive cup cakes .Wimborne stand firm unless you want American marching bands to replace Morris dancing
Why is the name of a giant franchise charging 3000% Mark up on a spoonful of coffee sway the council .Wimborne as class .Costa .Starbucks.And the others that have at best a dodgy tax records be allowed to push out genuinely British coffee houses.I live In. France and our small, smart market towns seem to survive without plastic cups and expensive cup cakes .Wimborne stand firm unless you want American marching bands to replace Morris dancing kalebmoledirt

10:24pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Holes Bay Curve says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
Why is the name of a giant franchise charging 3000% Mark up on a spoonful of coffee sway the council .Wimborne as class .Costa .Starbucks.And the others that have at best a dodgy tax records be allowed to push out genuinely British coffee houses.I live In. France and our small, smart market towns seem to survive without plastic cups and expensive cup cakes .Wimborne stand firm unless you want American marching bands to replace Morris dancing
This story is about whether Costa Coffee can open an ‘alfresco cafe’ adjacent to the existing buildings - which in my opinion, it should .
Costa Coffee has for many years had a very successful coffee shop in Wimborne, and is probably one of the best in Dorset - maybe that is due to friendly LOCAL staff and managers Sarah and Sophie. It's certainly always busy.
Chocolate on your cappuccino? Not today thank you ;-)
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: Why is the name of a giant franchise charging 3000% Mark up on a spoonful of coffee sway the council .Wimborne as class .Costa .Starbucks.And the others that have at best a dodgy tax records be allowed to push out genuinely British coffee houses.I live In. France and our small, smart market towns seem to survive without plastic cups and expensive cup cakes .Wimborne stand firm unless you want American marching bands to replace Morris dancing[/p][/quote]This story is about whether Costa Coffee can open an ‘alfresco cafe’ adjacent to the existing buildings - which in my opinion, it should . Costa Coffee has for many years had a very successful coffee shop in Wimborne, and is probably one of the best in Dorset - maybe that is due to friendly LOCAL staff and managers Sarah and Sophie. It's certainly always busy. Chocolate on your cappuccino? Not today thank you ;-) Holes Bay Curve

9:56am Fri 27 Dec 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

The only fair way is to open a community run Café run by the community for the community with profits for the community. (Set up by the Council, don't they own the pavement anyway?) Money raised could go to support the tourist information centre, xmas lights, folk fest and other events etc.
The only fair way is to open a community run Café run by the community for the community with profits for the community. (Set up by the Council, don't they own the pavement anyway?) Money raised could go to support the tourist information centre, xmas lights, folk fest and other events etc. Telscombe Cliffy

12:05pm Fri 27 Dec 13

BmthNewshound says...

I agree with Holes Bay Curve. Costa in Wimborne is a popular coffee shop, locally owned and the staff are great. I've been to other independent coffee shops in the town and they need to raise their game - better quality coffee and a bit of investment to create a more welcoming and comfortable environment.
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People in Wimborne have short memories. Not so long ago there was a highly vocal campaign against Waitrose but now that its open appreciate it being there and also enjoy the new public open space.
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I agree with Holes Bay Curve. Costa in Wimborne is a popular coffee shop, locally owned and the staff are great. I've been to other independent coffee shops in the town and they need to raise their game - better quality coffee and a bit of investment to create a more welcoming and comfortable environment. . People in Wimborne have short memories. Not so long ago there was a highly vocal campaign against Waitrose but now that its open appreciate it being there and also enjoy the new public open space. . BmthNewshound

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