Marlow park cafe serves its last drinks

Park cafe serves its last drinks

Park cafe serves its last drinks

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A CAFE which has served thousands of residents and visitors to Marlow over the last six years ago closed its doors this week.

Cafe in the Park, which opened in Wycombe District Council's building in Higginson Park in 2008, served its final drinks and snacks on Monday.

Owner Carly Trisk-Grove spoke to the BFP last month about the difficulty turning a profit after she signed a 10-year lease, claiming she was "naive" about the costs.

She also claimed the building was "not fit for purpose" and that only a large chain could make the venture work becuase of the costs involved in heating the shelter construction.

A planning application is currently ongoing to erect advertising boards and turn the building into a Costa franchise.

The plans, which are yet to be ruled by WDC, include building work to fill in the gaps around the top of the shelter, replacement of doors and windows and air conditioning.

The proposal has drawn complaints from residents, who claim the park’s picturesque views will be ruined if advertising is allowed.

WDC says advertising relating to the operator is permitted, but that any changes would have to be approved through the planning process.

It also confirmed any alterations would be paid for the leaseholder and not the taxpayer.

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2:55pm Tue 4 Mar 14

geoffW says...

Another Costa franchise?

Yip-de-dee.
Another Costa franchise? Yip-de-dee. geoffW
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Tue 4 Mar 14

motco says...

I'm sorry to learn that the proprietor has had the misfortune to lose the café. It was a welcome oasis on a hot summer's day - remember those?
I'm sorry to learn that the proprietor has had the misfortune to lose the café. It was a welcome oasis on a hot summer's day - remember those? motco
  • Score: 9

2:48pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Emma179 says...

That's a shame, they had really nice hot chocolate there!

Another Costa? How soul-less.

I really liked the ice-cream place they had there before. Nice choice of proper ice-cream instead of the stuff you can just buy from the shop!
That's a shame, they had really nice hot chocolate there! Another Costa? How soul-less. I really liked the ice-cream place they had there before. Nice choice of proper ice-cream instead of the stuff you can just buy from the shop! Emma179
  • Score: 4

9:04pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Vote for me the rest don't have a clue party. says...

This is a real shame. Great place, nice staff and great food and drink. Shame as we need independents. What happened to supporting the small business, shame on council.
This is a real shame. Great place, nice staff and great food and drink. Shame as we need independents. What happened to supporting the small business, shame on council. Vote for me the rest don't have a clue party.
  • Score: 3

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