Villagers will wake up and smell coffee despite cafe critics

Paul Messenger outside the former Barclays Bank in Wendover
Paul Messenger outside the former Barclays Bank in Wendover

The group behind a move to bring Costa Coffee to Wendover do not expect negativity against the plans to stop the shop from being a success.

A bid by Berkhamsted firm Coffee Snobs Ltd to convert the former Barclays Bank in to part of the national chain was originally thrown out by Aylesbury Vale District Council, but the plans will now go ahead following an appeal.

Coffee Snobs director Paul Messenger said it was the outcome they had expected and he believes the shop will go down well in the village.

However, when the Wendover Society polled its membership last year on the idea, there was an ‘overwhelming rejection’ of the plans.

Parish councillor Oliver Statham said there are already enough coffee shops in Wendover, and that an additional one will add to the village’s parking problems.

Mr Statham said: “The sentiment seems to be that we have sufficient coffee shops now and an additional one will only service to detract from the viability of those that already service the village.

“On and off-street parking is a real problem in Wendover.

“We are very poorly served for car parking and if people are going to come in by car to use the Costa that will not be good news at all.”

Coffee Snobs is yet to complete the purchase of the Aylesbury Road unit and there is no set date for work to start.