Bristol

Gloucester Road Costa Coffee shop opposed by petition

Plans for a new Costa Coffee shop on Gloucester Road in Bristol will sound the "death knell" for the area, according to a 3,000-name petition.

Planners from Bristol City Council say the shop should be approved despite locals claiming it would "undermine the viability of independent shops".

The petitioners added that they did not want a "chain dominated" street.

The coffee shop would be run as a franchise by businessman Stuart Montgomery, who declined to comment.

Richard Leonard, who organised the petition, said there were already enough coffee shops on the road.

"This brings another 80 seats where people can sit down and have a coffee.

"If you walk from the [railway] arches to Sommerville Road - which is about a kilometre - there are already 20 coffee places."

The shop would open in a currently derelict building at 14 Gloucester Road and will open from 07:00 until 22:00.

The application itself gained 20 objections surrounding increased noise and additional litter problems.

Councillors meet on Wednesday to make a final decision on the plan.

The coffee shop will be about a mile from Stokes Croft which saw protests over a Tesco Express store at Easter.

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