Costa could come but plans need changing

The former Poundstretcher shop which could become another town centre caf� in Brigg. EMN-140312-090439001
The former Poundstretcher shop which could become another town centre caf� in Brigg. EMN-140312-090439001

The former Poundstretcher shop in Brigg’s Wrawby Street is set to become a café.

A planning application by Koffkoff is believed to come from the Costa Coffee group to convert the building.

However members of the Town Council’s Planning Committee registered their opposition to the design of the new shop front at their monthly meeting claiming it was not in keeping with the conservation area.

They also objected to the associated internally illuminated signage, which they said contravenes council policy governing the illumination of signage within the town’s conservation area.

Members made recommendations any new shop front should include automated entry doors to assist customers who are wheelchair users and parents with prams or pushchairs.

Another condition was the rear of the site leading to Old Courts Road should be properly maintained.

The extent of the proposed encroachment onto the York Stone paving for outside seating should, councillors felt, be strictly limited to ensure the walkway was open for wheelchair users and the partially sighted, and is not unduly obstructed.

Another concern for councillors is parking problems on Atherton Way.

Coun Ann Eardley had observed the number of lorries parking there overnight and also vehicles being left there all day while their drivers go to work in town; parking on the paths is also a problem.

North Lincolnshire Councillor Rob Waltham said the difficulty in dealing with it was partly caused by the fact the road is ‘unadopted’, but this will change when the road is developed to include the new access to The Vale Academy.