More than 100 people were ordered to leave a council meeting tonight after they reduced a councillor to tears when a national chain was given the green light to open a coffee shop in Southwold.

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A packed public gallery at Lowestoft Town Hall rounded on councillors when a decision was made to give Costa Coffee planning permission to open at 70 High Street.

It came after a Waveney District Council development control committee was divided over a proposal to refuse the application, with six councillors voting against and six voting in favour, while councillor Patricia Flegg chose to abstain.

The ruling decision on the proposal was left in the hands of committee chairman councillor John Groom, who ruled that Costa Coffee should not be stopped from opening in the town.

But disorder quickly ensued when a new proposal to approve the plans was pushed through after Mrs Flegg changed her mind and voted in favour of the coffee shop opening – with seven councillors in favour and six against.

The meeting was quickly adjourned while the public gallery was cleared as people rose from their seats and shouted at councillors – including Mrs Flegg who left the room in tears.

Campaigners vowed to fight the council’s decision, which comes less than two months after they refused the same application on the grounds that it could harm the town’s “unique character”.

Speaking after the meeting (on Tuesday August 14) Michael Ladd, the mayor of Southwold, said: “We are all very disappointed that this has been approved – especially after the initial recommendation two months ago was refused. But Southwold will survive.”

At the beginning of the meeting, it was announced that there were 614 letters of objection and seven letters of support for the plans, which give Costa Coffee permission to serve food and drink at 70 High Street.

But the district council’s planning team advised councillors there were no planning grounds to refuse the application.

The deputy mayor of Southwold, John Windell; chairman of Southwold Chamber of Trade Guy Mitchell; and chairman of the Southwold and Reydon Society Michael Rowan-Robinson, all spoke on the night – urging councillors to protect Southwold’s “vitality and viability” by refusing the application.

Objecting to the plans, councillor Peter Coghill said “Southwold is the jewel in Waveney’s crown and attracts people with its unique character represented by independent retailers.

“This could easily be destroyed.”

But in support of the national chain, councillor Ian Graham said: “The council would not have a leg to stand on if this went to appeal.”

62 comments

  • I really don't know what the fuss is all about. Surely if Costa is so bad and so not needed in Southwold then it won't last. It can't survive long if it is only used by the paltry 7 supporters that are constantly mentioned in news reports. It does amuse me that the "preservative" Southwold Town Council seems to be trying its hardest to make itself a caricature of the worst aspects of being stuck up. I don't mind posh but I can't stand snobs!

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    BabyDavid

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Oh and take note of that nice little shop front full of character making the streetscape of Southwold look traditional and watch the council battle and fail to stop Costa ripping it out and turning it into one of their bland uniform Premier inn style pastiches of local architecture. Next time you are all in Norwich look hard at what the chains have done to the streetscapes-turned Norwich into an indentikit of every other town in the country where they can.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Local services in this Mecca of second-homers & Chelsea tractors are poor, overpriced and unfriendly. Wetherspoon`s next, then we can get a decent CHOICE of beer at a reasonable price.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • I was one of the seven too. I agree with you - the town is filthy especially since John the street sweeper retired. There are cigarette ends everywhere on the cliff path, there was vomit all over the seat outside the Kings Head for days and all they can worry about is coffee ! Inteeresting that the very people who accused Costa of bully boy tactics should be the ones who reduce a councillor to tears. They appear to have no time for democract

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    bathgirl

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Ooh ooh. Just thought. What about a nice Poundland where the butchers is.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Good new for jobs in southwold. Next up wetherspoons

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    Glenn Rivett

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • blythburgh says "We will certainly not be using Costa after our experience in Lowestoft. We went to the counter to see the manager and staff were wearing filthy tops, not just one spot but marks all over the place. If the manager cannot wear clean clothes just how clean is the rest of the place?" >>>>>> This was probably Costa's attempt not to look out of place in Lowestoft! My experience of other Costas is that they are very clean and the staff very polite. Mind you, most of the staff in the Costas I've visited tend to be Eastern European..... is this what's worrying the Southwold Snobs?

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    Norfolk and Good

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • What are the councillors doing! They appear not realise how council meetings and planning law work! Firstly they have absolutely no power to refuse any application on the grounds that the applicant is unacceptable to anyone. It is not legal. It is also usually unacceptable for a motion to be returned to the council only 2 months after a decision has been taken, and, according to your report, two decisions taken at the same meeting. The Chairman should not have allowed the second vote after he had already had to cast his deciding vote on the issue.

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    suffin else

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Surely most visitors visit Southwold for the seaside aspect of the place (well that's what a packed beach this weekend said to me). Why is nobody jumping up and down at the state of the promenade? Crumbling walkways, poor toilets, rusty bent railings and thick weeds on the banking - lets face it Southwold is not the best maintained of seafronts Perhaps Waveney could pump some of the money saved by not having to face a Costa appeal on this "special place"? I don't think people will stop visiting because of a Costa Coffee shop. For me I am quite looking forward to having a cake and a cuppa after 5pm when all the other outlets have long closed... (and yes - I was one of the 7 letter writers)

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    Berty Baxter

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Southwold should be pleased a business wants to come to the Town, many other places have empty shops which is far worse. Trouble is Southwold folk think they are better than anyone else. People will vote with their feet. As I mentioned before, we often use to go to Southwold but what with this issue, the buses not allowed into Town and disability scooters frowned on we now spend our money elsewhere.

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    Lynda

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • At last common sense. Southwold allready has Tesco, Whsmith, CO-OP and Fat Face. It will be nice to have somewhere to drink where I will not be looked down on and can get good service. ( Southwold Cafe's Note ) All these letters anti, where do they come from? With Southwold mostly 2nd homes and holiday lets who is the mass of people writing in? There are rumors that many of the objections were on a pre typed letter and just sign your name, to get more support. Southwold should be for all and not just the POSH set!

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    lowestoftlad

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Anyone who has tried to get a hot drink, never mind food, mid-evening in Southwold and found only pubs open will welcome Costa Coffee.

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    Jas44

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Just wait until a pound or 99p shop wants to open there !.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • I live there all the time and both of us work locally. I will be using Costa - I like the coffee

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    bathgirl

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Great news, finally a proper coffee shop with nice airconditioned interior, properly cleaned and with wheelchair access. If munchies and the shockingly maintained 'Squires' is to survive they have got to improve. Why does no one complain about the monopoly Adnams have in Southwold? they are a national chain...

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    Exile

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • Whats the problem with this? If locals feel threatened by a chain that serves good quality coffee and good prices then its time for locals to step up their game. I think this is great, do not under estimate the increased footfall because of Costas added value on the coast. The shop looks just like a tat shop so everyone should thank Costa for cleaning it up. Locals need to keep up with the times to ensure repeat visitors to their so loved places. Most of the areas looks pretty bad, I guess the locals call it unique

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    Dave B

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • I don't understand the problem. Oh yes, it must be that there is no such thing as fair competition in this country! If local shops want to keep up with the competition then they need to stop overpricing their service and provide good value for money. Costa will provide jobs for some of the local people. I have slightly mixed views, I like Costa coffee but I also think that they are overpriced on their food and their coffee. If a local cafe provided the same quality of food and drink for a lower price I would give it a go.

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    Shanski

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Wouldn't it be great to have the 'old Southwold' back, where locals could afford a beach hut for their families. Now SouthwoldAldeburgh and other towns in this area only appear to want to cater for the Muswell Hillians - some of whom are arrogant, bullish people. To reduce a councillor to tears - whatever her view is awful. Bring on Costa, Weatherspoons, Tesco and start catering for the real local people - if the bully boys don't like it move back to London.

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    Ann Day

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Southwold Snobs. A new meaning for the abbreviation SS? Be a good name for a chain of twee tea shops, nationwide. Bet they object in places like Lowestoft and Sandbanks though. For quite different reasons. It`s the John Cleese\Ronnie Barker\ Ronnie Corbett "Class\snobbery" sketch in action .

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Lucky they are not planning to build an incinerator in Southwold as well, that would be two awfully nasty things all at once.

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    Rhombus

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Good new for jobs. Next up wetherspoons

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    Glenn Rivett

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • A most sensible result. If Costa Coffee is so hated in Southwold it will close and the shop will be empty again. As for Southwold being special, Tesco changed that. What happened to all the fuss about oil tankers, they are still off Southwold! Sort that first, before worrying about a coffee shop. Then there is the new French owned Sizewell Power Station to be built close to Southwold, with oil tankers and nuclear power stations close by, it such a special place?

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    Port Watcher

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Whens the new Costa opening? I quit fancy a drive down there to buy a nice Costa Frapuccino.

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    expat

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • I hope Norfolk and Good is right about a Wetherspoons. Southwold has quite enough cafes and so forth, so this Costa thing isn't really needed. On the other hand, a Wetherspoons would break the cosy cartel and monopoly in the pubs, and a pint of bitter could be available in Southwold for less than a breathtaking £3.40. People also forget that in the last 25 years Southwold has lost bookshops, butchers, ironmongers, fishmongers, antique shops, furniture shop, independent and affordable clothes shops, one pub, one hotel with bar, the only non-Adnams pub, jewellers, a delicatessen, grocers, etc etc. These have mostly been replaced with tourist offices, holiday properties, yet more cafes and ritzy clothes shops for the "visitors". The places lost sank without fuss or trace, certainly without the hooha of Costa, and only a few of us that have lived in or around the place since we had a King on the throne now remember them.

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    T Doff

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • I love Southwold. However the last time I looked it is still part of the UK and even with its quaint charm and unique character it does have to abide by the laws of the land. You need valid reasons to decline an application and there weren’t any. Yes, there were reasons supplied, but none valid. I bet if “Mr. X. Adnams” (sorry if that name exists) had put in the application for a tea-shop, you would not have heard a murmur….

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    Mooncat

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • So much for local democracy. Hundreds of people bothered to write or email but their views are ignored. The bully boys have won. The launderette next door has also been bought so they can have more tables. We occasionally have used it to dry our washing (when Lowestoft has been hit for several days) or wash our duvets. Every time we have it used other people were there. Many times when we are in Southwold we have seen people go in or come out. Now that has gone thanks to the bully boys of Costa. We will certainly not be using Costa after our experience in Lowestoft. We went to the counter to see the manager and staff were wearing filthy tops, not just one spot but marks all over the place. If the manager cannot wear clean clothes just how clean is the rest of the place?

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    blythburgh

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Bunch of SNOBS! I have it on very good authority that Wetherspoons are looking for suitable premises in Southwold.... can't wait til they find somewhere and apply for planning permission! lol

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    Norfolk and Good

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • SEEMS LIKE THE SOUTHWOLD RESIDENTS NEED TO CHILL OUT,??? AND RELAX WITH A CUP OF COFFEE.. A CLASSIC CASE THAT STANDS OUT AS NIMBY...I THINK PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN CLOUD CUCKOO LAND AS EVERY PLACE IN THE UK HAS TO MOVE WITH THE TIMES ...NOTHING STANDS STILL FOREVER PROGRESS WILL ALWAYS STOP THE NIMBY BECAUSE SOUTHWOLD IS NOT OWNED BY JUST THE RESIDENTS ITS JUST ANOTHER PLACE IN ANOTHER PART OF THE SUFFOLK COAST..

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    my opinion

    Friday, August 17, 2012

  • I really don't know what the fuss is all about. Surely if Costa is so bad and so not needed in Southwold then it won't last. It can't survive long if it is only used by the paltry 7 supporters that are constantly mentioned in news reports. It does amuse me that the "preservative" Southwold Town Council seems to be trying its hardest to make itself a caricature of the worst aspects of being stuck up. I don't mind posh but I can't stand snobs!

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    BabyDavid

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • As regartes Planning as long as a Wetherspoons or Coffee chain open in a building already of the same trade they don't need planning. But they would need Planning for new signs, these they get round short term with banners

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    lowestoftlad

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Southwold has unique character and is unlike any other resort. I dare say there will be the ones who object to such a chain opening in the town, (one remembers the same with Tescos opening and few years ago). However, if it caters and serves the visitors and locals alike then good luck to them. I would not like to see too much of Southwold's character spoilt by national chains though.

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    Davman66

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • learn something new every day - didn't know there was 100 people living in southwold! well at least the shop will no longer be vacant and it is up to the people of southwold to take it or leave it, but i'm sure the thousands of visitors will be glad to give it a try, so that will costa the mugs. wonder if grisly pat flegg will be able to make up her mind whether to try it or not?

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    GTOM

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • Read Councillor Graham's comment...that explains it clearly...WDC planning department can not and will not waste our money fighting a case they WOULD certainly lose. This is not a planning matter...it's moral and social.

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    Dogberry

    Friday, August 17, 2012

  • Adnam`s Brewery would convert nicely into a Wetherspoon`s.............

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • It will all be down to the locals and visitors if it is to survive....people usually vote with their feet.

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    It's_all_a_conspiracy

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • Surely most visitors visit Southwold for the seaside aspect of the place (well that's what a packed beach this weekend said to me). Why is nobody jumping up and down at the state of the promenade? Crumbling walkways, poor toilets, rusty bent railings and thick weeds on the banking - lets face it Southwold is not the best maintained of seafronts Perhaps Waveney could pump some of the money saved by not having to face a Costa appeal on this "special place"? I don't think people will stop visiting because of a Costa Coffee shop. For me I am quite looking forward to having a cake and a cuppa after 5pm when all the other outlets have long closed... (and yes - I was one of the 7 letter writers)

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    Berty Baxter

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • If the local cafes have confidence in their product, price and service, they have nothing to worry about. If they think everyone will go to Costa instead, then they need to ask why.

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    a fine city

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Although Southwold is a beautiful seaside town, traditional coffee and tea shops only cater for a certain customer. On a hot day, I don't want a boiling coffee in bone china - I want an ice cold coffee that I can take down to the beach. If Southwold wants a new, young, money-spending generation to benefit the town, it needs to move with the times and offer what people want.

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    Rob Trigg

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Its the typical British dislike of success, Costa is British owned and managed. The snobs in Southwold (who frankly have long priced out the real locals) will soon be buying Latte's in Costa.

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    Exile

    Friday, August 17, 2012

  • It is now up to the people of Southwold to get rid of it by not frequenting it. A cafe cant stay open if they dont have customers and the visitors are only there in the warm weather. The other cafes could all sport posters saying "We are not a huge impersonal chain" As for the councillors who voted for and the one charmer who abstained - vote them out at their next election. But you won't - it will still be open in two years time and its cousins will have joined it - Wetherspoons, New Look, Asda the list could go on. And that will be the end of Southwold.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Glad someone is pointing out it is Whitbread-sounds a little less fancy than Costa doesn't it. They are out to do no one any favours, watch them now try to increase their share of the trade in Southwold month on month til the Tesco effect of zero competition ( and zero choice) is achieved. Planners should be given the justification to refuse an application on the basis that it does not fit a town model-once a town model is approved by a council it should be accepted as the democratic wish of the people as to how their town works, not have it skewed by the might of a large business. No doubt the next thing will be a rash of betting shops which seem to be able to open where they like in Yarmouth and in villages you would not expect to have the trade to support them

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Things went down hill when Southwold allowed waitresses to use balllpoint pens instead of fountain pens.. Never shoudl have allowed motorised traffic. Come to Beccles we have a Costa and a Twyfords.

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • there is no democracy.i hope it closes thru lack of custom.as for that councillor who changed her mind--vote her out.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • I think everyone should boycott the town altogether. It seems that the locals want tourists money but don't want new shops. I think everyone should go to southwold for a Costa only and then leave. See how the locals like that. I'm glad its been given the go ahead and as you can tell by the reactions the people of southwold are complete bullies. Welcome to southwold Costa.

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    vinny.p

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Why was Patt Flegg grizzling? Her craven performance lumbered John Groom with the "hate-seat". Nothing craven about your performance Mr. Groom. Stout fellow!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • I live there all the time and both of us work locally. I will be using Costa - I like the coffee

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    bathgirl

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Surely most visitors visit Southwold for the seaside aspect of the place (well that's what a packed beach this weekend said to me). Why is nobody jumping up and down at the state of the promenade? Crumbling walkways, poor toilets, rusty bent railings and thick weeds on the banking - lets face it Southwold is not the best maintained of seafronts Perhaps Waveney could pump some of the money saved by not having to face a Costa appeal on this "special place"? I don't think people will stop visiting because of a Costa Coffee shop. For me I am quite looking forward to having a cake and a cuppa after 5pm when all the other outlets have long closed... (and yes - I was one of the 7 letter writers)

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    Berty Baxter

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Next they will be building a wicker man on the green for the manager of costa coffee!!!

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    Glenn Rivett

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • The quote from the article stating "...unique character represented by independent retailers" has no weight unless one is to assume that W H Smith, Tesco Express, Crew Clothing etc give Southwold its unique character?

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    Southern Pakefield Boy

    Sunday, August 19, 2012

  • Southwold is full of very rude,arrogant Londoners who use it as a weekend playground to show off to their equally abhorrent friends and so that little Hugo and Annabelle can show off to their school chums. In reality the town is a bit of a dump and in very poor condition.Everything is massively overpriced.I stopped going a long time ago,north Norfolk is far superior in almost every way. timmy_two_sheds Friday, August 17, 2012 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I agree with you timmy - north Norfolk IS far superior in almost every way! The only problem is that, from an area radiating out of Burnham Market, it is also now full of very rude,arrogant Londoners who use it as a weekend playground to show off to their equally abhorrent friends and so that little Hugo and Annabelle can show off to their school chums!

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • O the gentile people of Southwold. Would they rather the shop remained empty and a blot on the landscape. By the way Rob Twigg, costa sell first class ice cold drinks.

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    wishbone

    Friday, August 17, 2012

  • Cllr. Graham may say that the Council "would not have a leg to stand on if this went to appeal", but it must have had a leg initially to stand on for it to vote against two months ago. What has changed in those two months? Furthermore, was it not worth the risk of Costa Coffee going to appeal again to protect the character of Southwold? Who is best placed to decide what is good for Southwold - the local community or a far-away business? More to the point, if Costa is permitted to establish itself, where will the line be drawn to stop other business from opening in Southwold? If further major business are able to open in Southwold, you will soon find that the small, independent businesses will be out-priced of the town centre, which means they will have to move to another part of Southwold (but where?) or close completely. What, then, will give Southwold its own, unique character? At this time when there is widespread apathy in politics, particularly in local politics, on an issue where there was much public interest, input and opposiiton to Costa, would it not have been worth the effort of further appeals to grasp this part of public engagement? If the Council had lost that appeal, whilst there would have been disappointment, the Council would be able to stand before the community and say it fought for its views. What respect will local people have for the Council? Now this has happened, how many people will decide not to engage in local issues in the future? How many people will become apathetic? How many more people will decide that all politicians are the same?

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    Daniel Hutchinson

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • They have allowed a Tesco Express to open. A Costa Coffee is far more up market . Southwold is a charming place but could be in danger of losing its charm.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • For all those "locals" who don't like it....you can always move back to London. Aldi is on its way!

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    Fleabit

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Southwold is full of very rude,arrogant Londoners who use it as a weekend playground to show off to their equally abhorrent friends and so that little Hugo and Annabelle can show off to their school chums. In reality the town is a bit of a dump and in very poor condition.Everything is massively overpriced.I stopped going a long time ago,north Norfolk is far superior in almost every way.

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    timmy_two_sheds

    Friday, August 17, 2012

  • The Locals in Southwold are obviously living in the dark ages and don't like change, you do know the war is over don't you !!! lol.. as per a previous writer if you don't like the changes you can always go and live in your first home. its only a coffee shop not a knocking shop. strange though when you visit these seaside towns like Southwold there always differences in Prices, you buy something from a seaside town and the price will be alot higher than if you buy something from a town inland. I think you call it ripping off the public.. and Southwold is prime culprit..take a packed lunch..

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    Footyboy16

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • The actions of those objectors who attending this planning meeting was very childish - if you don't get your way, go mad and start shouting vile comments. According to information on the WDC planning website a high percentage of these objectors do not have local addresses and in many cases, have used the same prepared letter of objection which they just had to sign. After this show of appalling behaviour by "Southwold" people objecting to Costa, my family will now be using the Costa Coffee shop when it opens. Well done you objectors, as they say, you have really blown it!

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    Port Watcher

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Read Councillor Graham's comment...that explains it clearly...WDC planning department can not and will not waste our money fighting a case they WOULD certainly lose. This is not a planning matter...it's moral and social.

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    Dogberry

    Friday, August 17, 2012

  • @Berty Baxter. I quite agree with you regarding the tatty state of a lot of the town. It is worth pointing out that the money raised from beach hut rents and other things goes straight to Waveney and little, if any, comes back to Southwold. This is why the Town Council was more or less blackmailed into taking over the Kilcock Cliff public lavatories (serving the larger part of the beach) when WDC threatened to shut them. Likewise, the railings have all been painted by unpaid volunteers, with paint provided by the council. Otherwise they'd be in a dreadful state. I should add that, until he retired recently, we had a gentleman named John Canham, who kept the streets swept, the bins emptied etc., and who I would see at work at 5 in the morning. Since he packed up, I have never seen the streets of the town so filthy, with every gutter filled with fag ends and rubbish that has been there for a while. Ever since WDC was formed in 1974, and took over (or pretended to) the duties and many of the assets of Southwold Town Council, it has a been a parasite on the town.

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    T Doff

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • What I find very strange about any so called Council matters in Southwold or Reydon, is the fact we pay our council tax to Waveney District Council, are ruled over by Waveney District Council, yet we have to vote for Suffolk Coastal in any elections?

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    Reydoncherry

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Think they would rather have rows of empty shops in southwold like many other high streets. It's jobs to the town local jobs. Think it would create about 12 jobs wetherspoons would be about 30 jobs all good news and 1.99 a pint not 3.40 a pint and a meal for 5.00 not. 50 pound

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    Glenn Rivett

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • There probably is very little the council could do, as Costa Coffee (owned by Whitbread) would appeal. I for one shall be 'voting with my feet' on the occasions visit the town and supporting local businesses. Agreed it will provide a few jobs, but most will be at 'minimum wage'.

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    Mr Ed

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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