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‘Say No to Costa’ petition lands over 1,000 signatures within week of launch

PUBLISHED: 15:01 20 September 2017 | UPDATED: 19:23 20 September 2017

Last month Norman Lamb stood with independent business owners in front of the site on Church Street which could open as a Costa. Picture: Eleanor Pringle

Last month Norman Lamb stood with independent business owners in front of the site on Church Street which could open as a Costa. Picture: Eleanor Pringle

Eleanor Pringle

More than 1,000 people have already signed the petition launched last week to keep Costa Coffee off Cromer’s high street.

Within three days of launching the petition a thousand people had signed the online form, with the count on September 20 hitting 1,180.

The new Costa coffee shop on Church Street in Cromer will be one of the biggest the town has ever seen, hosting between 70 to 80 covers.

As well as endangering current coffee shops, having Costa on the high street will also end Cromer’s time as being 100% independent in it’s food and drink market.

The petition has been fully backed by MP for North Norfolk Norman Lamb, who wrote to Costa Coffee raising his concerns.

Mr Lamb writes: “Cromer is now unusual in this country in having no chain coffee shops or eating places. This is part of the wonderful attraction that Cromer offers to people and there is a very strong feeling locally that they want to preserve this.”

This feeling has been echoed by those who have signed the petition.

Vivien Levine wrote: “This threatened blemish to our town is totally unwanted... We are fortunate to have several excellent coffee shops and they deserve to thrive.”

Anne Ridley added: “Cromer has a number of lovely, independent coffee shops. A Costa coffee (particularly a huge one, as is being proposed) would damage the businesses of these local, independent traders.

“Once Costa moves in, the other chains will follow, such being the nature of monetism, and the largely independent town centre will be overwhelmed with chain restaurants, the independents will disappear and the character of our town centre will be lost.”

The Cromer Chamber of Trade has also been hugely instrumental in bringing the petition to life.

President of the chamber, Gary Dickenson, said: “Whilst this is a petition that might appear to say ‘No’ to Costa it’s actually very much a big ‘Yes’ to the wonderful array of existing independent tea/coffee/eatery businesses in Cromer.

“We’re hoping our local community will get behind this petition and say yes to supporting the existing businesses in the town by saying thanks, but no thanks to Costa.”

To sign the petition, click here.

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