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Trouble is brewing after Costa granted approval for Uplands

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

By Laura Davies / laura.davies@swwmedia.co.uk / @lawsdx

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TRADERS and residents say Swansea Council's decision to approve Costa coffee in Uplands will lead to a saturation of food and drinks outlets in the area.

The global chain was unanimously given the go-ahead to open a branch in a vacant shop in Uplands Crescent — despite almost 900 people signing petitions opposing the move.

Liz Morris, who is chairwoman of Brynmill and Uplands Residents Association said she felt that there were already too many coffee shops and restaurants in the area.

"I wonder where the customers will come from?" she said.

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"The number of people who signed the petition speaks for itself —  we will have to see what happens. I think people felt there were too many coffee shops and restaurants in the area."

The Costa application had led to complaints from residents and traders who said it would be a threat to local, independent businesses.

Noah Redfern, who owns Noah's Yard in Uplands, helped organise a petition and said a national coffee chain would ruin the independent vibe of the area.

He said: "They have their place but it will ruin independent business and offer customers nothing different.

"I am absolutely disappointed the application was passed. I have lost faith in the system. The local councillors have been excellent but it appears 900 objections do not count at all."

Lance Pardoe, who owns Uplands Diner, said he was not worried about the chain affecting his business.

"I am not worried about competition," he said.

"Some of my customers will try it and that is their choice. We serve different purposes.

"Our game is breakfasts and burgers and Costa is paninis and large variety of coffees.I am more concerned about the area becoming saturated by coffee shops and food outlets when I feel we need a variety of shops in Uplands.

Parking is also another big issue. It is a pity the shop couldn't have been used for something else."

The Costa branch will create up to 10 jobs.

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  • hacker_jack  |  May 30 2014, 9:51PM

    Yes I have. The beer was around 20% more expensive than next door in the tavern and in town.

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  • charioteer17  |  May 30 2014, 8:38PM

    Over priced!!!..have you seen the prices in Noahs Yard?

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  • hacker_jack  |  May 30 2014, 6:43PM

    So please tell us which business is being closed down Kerry? All I can see is one opening.

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  • kerryjprice  |  May 30 2014, 5:52PM

    Lets shut down local independant traders that already employ family members and staff. Lets ruin the future prospects for hard working people and replace it with an overpriced, faceless company that offers 0 hour contracts and low wages. If you like the idea of closing down a business that an independant trader worked so har to establish, carry on. Shame on you, supporters of this absurd idea.

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  • hacker_jack  |  May 30 2014, 8:59AM

    Utter self-centred nonsense. If you can't compete with a chain that offers overpriced and not particularly good products then maybe the problem is with you, not Costa. If it forces some of the local "independently vibed" businesses to actually clean up their act a bit then great. If it forces Noah's yard in particular to stop overcharging then great, the only issue is parking really but that is a problem even if nobody moves in.

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  • footiemad1  |  May 30 2014, 12:51AM

    so what's wrong with a new coffee shop been giving the go-head. the uplands needs a new lift and a good clean up, it could have been worse the council could have giving the go-head for a stay open late pub,

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  • SAswan  |  May 29 2014, 11:35PM

    The more coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, shops, hotels the better to see the uplands and everywhere else in swansea thriving. A bus link wth swansea railway station would pull in more visitors and better pavements

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