More coffee shops welcomed to High Wycombe by council chief

Bucks Free Press: More coffee shops welcomed to High Wycombe by council chief More coffee shops welcomed to High Wycombe by council chief

 

MORE coffee shops and restaurants would help boost High Wycombe town centre, the district's leader says.

New cafés and eateries would be welcomed by Wycombe District Council Leader Cllr Richard Scott, as part of ongoing work to regenerate the town.

Improving areas such as Frogmoor and White Hart Street are a key focus, he said.

He said: “We've been working very hard, particularly on the town centre.

“We need to find other things to bring in, it may be restaurants to attract more people back to the area.”

He said High Wycombe has a great theatre with The Swan and believes adding a few more restaurant operators will increase the incentive for visitors to come.

He said: “Wycombe has its fair share (of restaurants) and there's nothing wrong with what we’ve got it's just that I think we can add more. The night economy is quite vibrant but the last thing it needs, probably, is a wider range of activities.”

Although there are also already a number of coffee shops, he believes there is room for more.

He said: “You just look at the coffee shops in town, you'll see most of them are pretty busy, so we'd welcome some more here, it brings people in to the town centre and keeps them here as well.

“It's become a way of life now to have a coffee.”

He acknowledged the amount of hot drink sellers already in the town but said: “It's down to supply and demand. If people don't want it, coffee shops won't survive. It's a very competitive market out there.”

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6:07pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Welwyn Dowd says...

This is what will replace real jobs - zero hours contracts selling cups of coffee to each other for £3 each. Profits repatriated to the US with no tax paid here in Britain. Welcome to the service economy.
This is what will replace real jobs - zero hours contracts selling cups of coffee to each other for £3 each. Profits repatriated to the US with no tax paid here in Britain. Welcome to the service economy. Welwyn Dowd

6:59pm Sun 1 Dec 13

mich24 says...

what a load of crap
what a load of crap mich24

7:00pm Sun 1 Dec 13

gpn01 says...

Welwyn Dowd wrote:
This is what will replace real jobs - zero hours contracts selling cups of coffee to each other for £3 each. Profits repatriated to the US with no tax paid here in Britain. Welcome to the service economy.
Which coffee shs operate zero hours contracts? Why not publish their details and then consumers can decide whether to use them or not.
[quote][p][bold]Welwyn Dowd[/bold] wrote: This is what will replace real jobs - zero hours contracts selling cups of coffee to each other for £3 each. Profits repatriated to the US with no tax paid here in Britain. Welcome to the service economy.[/p][/quote]Which coffee shs operate zero hours contracts? Why not publish their details and then consumers can decide whether to use them or not. gpn01

7:50pm Sun 1 Dec 13

s6blr says...

Would WCC please also approve more Halal Flied Chicken, American Nail Salons, McDonalds, Kebab shops and $tarbuck$ too? While they're at it, could we get a few of those major tax dodgers like Yodaphone, Gargle, etc to open and make sure they get tax exemptions?

Wycombe isn't dump enough!
Would WCC please also approve more Halal Flied Chicken, American Nail Salons, McDonalds, Kebab shops and $tarbuck$ too? While they're at it, could we get a few of those major tax dodgers like Yodaphone, Gargle, etc to open and make sure they get tax exemptions? Wycombe isn't dump enough! s6blr

1:08am Mon 2 Dec 13

Dickitdo says...

I do not understand!. How is that going to help ? I do not understand the logic Why would any body want to welcome another coffee shop or fast food outlet in Wycombe .
I do not understand!. How is that going to help ? I do not understand the logic Why would any body want to welcome another coffee shop or fast food outlet in Wycombe . Dickitdo

2:05am Mon 2 Dec 13

J B Blackett says...

Most people would prefer coffee or tea bookies , litter-and-evil-smel
l generating junk food shops and poor quality downmarket discount stores. We would like to think.
Most people would prefer coffee or tea bookies , litter-and-evil-smel l generating junk food shops and poor quality downmarket discount stores. We would like to think. J B Blackett

6:35am Mon 2 Dec 13

MunsterX says...

Richard. how about some Amsterdam-style coffee shops?

What about a legalised red-light district in Frogmoor, if we can't fill our shop windows with worthy consumer goods, how about t1ts and @rse instead? This could be operated in conjunction with a "back to work" scheme for young mothers.

Laugh over. But, like every other council in England, WDC must now think beyond retail for town centre. In fact, these buildings were originally the homes and professional business premises for the great and the good of the town. Take a look at Greggs on the corner, a centuries old building up for auction this week with a plaque commemorating Hannah Ball's seven year stay at the address in the late eighteenth century.

The lower floor should never have been chiselled out to make way for fluorescent signage and sausage rolls. In retrospect, the consumer boom of latter half of the twenttieth century was just that, a boom.

Let's return the town centre to residential use, any retail operators wishing to continue can fight for a place in Eden (I believe that in return, WDC should fight for a substantial shareholding in the Eden venture); the market in the town will be strong again, supported by a community in the town.

I for one would be very proud to move my family into a prestigious town address. This is all about people, any area of any district of any town will ultimately wither if there is no community!
Richard. how about some Amsterdam-style coffee shops? What about a legalised red-light district in Frogmoor, if we can't fill our shop windows with worthy consumer goods, how about t1ts and @rse instead? This could be operated in conjunction with a "back to work" scheme for young mothers. Laugh over. But, like every other council in England, WDC must now think beyond retail for town centre. In fact, these buildings were originally the homes and professional business premises for the great and the good of the town. Take a look at Greggs on the corner, a centuries old building up for auction this week with a plaque commemorating Hannah Ball's seven year stay at the address in the late eighteenth century. The lower floor should never have been chiselled out to make way for fluorescent signage and sausage rolls. In retrospect, the consumer boom of latter half of the twenttieth century was just that, a boom. Let's return the town centre to residential use, any retail operators wishing to continue can fight for a place in Eden (I believe that in return, WDC should fight for a substantial shareholding in the Eden venture); the market in the town will be strong again, supported by a community in the town. I for one would be very proud to move my family into a prestigious town address. This is all about people, any area of any district of any town will ultimately wither if there is no community! MunsterX

11:43am Mon 2 Dec 13

john_b says...

There's bean a latte problems in Wycombe's grounds, but I think I'm espressing everyone's feelings when I say this idea is just moccary.
There's bean a latte problems in Wycombe's grounds, but I think I'm espressing everyone's feelings when I say this idea is just moccary. john_b

4:12pm Mon 2 Dec 13

big don g the 1st says...

john_b wrote:
There's bean a latte problems in Wycombe's grounds, but I think I'm espressing everyone's feelings when I say this idea is just moccary.
at least the bean counters will be happy.
[quote][p][bold]john_b[/bold] wrote: There's bean a latte problems in Wycombe's grounds, but I think I'm espressing everyone's feelings when I say this idea is just moccary.[/p][/quote]at least the bean counters will be happy. big don g the 1st

9:10pm Mon 2 Dec 13

LeavingWycombe says...

Typical Wycombe council. Happy to encourage businesses that offer minimum wage, produce nothing tangible, are based elsewhere and don't re-invest profit locally while doing everything they can to obstruct local people developing real manufacturing and creative businesses.
Typical Wycombe council. Happy to encourage businesses that offer minimum wage, produce nothing tangible, are based elsewhere and don't re-invest profit locally while doing everything they can to obstruct local people developing real manufacturing and creative businesses. LeavingWycombe

2:06am Tue 3 Dec 13

J B Blackett says...

J B Blackett wrote:
Most people would prefer coffee or tea bookies , litter-and-evil-smel

l generating junk food shops and poor quality downmarket discount stores. We would like to think.
It would appear that some people on here would prefer more bookies and more toxic junk food outlets then. What a shame.
[quote][p][bold]J B Blackett[/bold] wrote: Most people would prefer coffee or tea bookies , litter-and-evil-smel l generating junk food shops and poor quality downmarket discount stores. We would like to think.[/p][/quote]It would appear that some people on here would prefer more bookies and more toxic junk food outlets then. What a shame. J B Blackett

10:39am Tue 3 Dec 13

demoness the second says...

J B Blackett wrote:
J B Blackett wrote:
Most people would prefer coffee or tea bookies , litter-and-evil-smel


l generating junk food shops and poor quality downmarket discount stores. We would like to think.
It would appear that some people on here would prefer more bookies and more toxic junk food outlets then. What a shame.
Perhaps most people did not understand your comment?
This is a conversation about coffee shops and the regeneration of the town centre, There is no mention of the other things you have alluded to.
Maybe a little less cryptic so us simple souls can understand it?
[quote][p][bold]J B Blackett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]J B Blackett[/bold] wrote: Most people would prefer coffee or tea bookies , litter-and-evil-smel l generating junk food shops and poor quality downmarket discount stores. We would like to think.[/p][/quote]It would appear that some people on here would prefer more bookies and more toxic junk food outlets then. What a shame.[/p][/quote]Perhaps most people did not understand your comment? This is a conversation about coffee shops and the regeneration of the town centre, There is no mention of the other things you have alluded to. Maybe a little less cryptic so us simple souls can understand it? demoness the second

11:12am Tue 3 Dec 13

MattHopkins1620 says...

Another panic announcement from Dicky Scott and the Chamber of Buffoons.

Where is the evidence of any kind of plan in any of this? The time for thinking about the town centre was before Eden sucked the life out of it but no, they were seduced by the prospect of having somewhere glitzy to spend their money. And before anyone says "It's all very well criticising with the benefit of hindsight", there would be no need if our Council had employed even a modest level of foresight.

Clearly there was no plan then and there is no plan now, they are simply stumbling on from one catastrophe to another. Having destroyed the town centre with Eden we are now confronted with Scott's folly at Handy Cross, the new Next store and the daft new road layout for Marlow Hill. No doubt we will soon be encouraging more coffee shops and cafes into the vacant units in Eden.

In what way is any of this improving the environment for the people that actually live here? You know, the ones that pay the council taxes.
Another panic announcement from Dicky Scott and the Chamber of Buffoons. Where is the evidence of any kind of plan in any of this? The time for thinking about the town centre was before Eden sucked the life out of it but no, they were seduced by the prospect of having somewhere glitzy to spend their money. And before anyone says "It's all very well criticising with the benefit of hindsight", there would be no need if our Council had employed even a modest level of foresight. Clearly there was no plan then and there is no plan now, they are simply stumbling on from one catastrophe to another. Having destroyed the town centre with Eden we are now confronted with Scott's folly at Handy Cross, the new Next store and the daft new road layout for Marlow Hill. No doubt we will soon be encouraging more coffee shops and cafes into the vacant units in Eden. In what way is any of this improving the environment for the people that actually live here? You know, the ones that pay the council taxes. MattHopkins1620

12:51pm Tue 3 Dec 13

demoness the second says...

MattHopkins1620 wrote:
Another panic announcement from Dicky Scott and the Chamber of Buffoons.

Where is the evidence of any kind of plan in any of this? The time for thinking about the town centre was before Eden sucked the life out of it but no, they were seduced by the prospect of having somewhere glitzy to spend their money. And before anyone says "It's all very well criticising with the benefit of hindsight", there would be no need if our Council had employed even a modest level of foresight.

Clearly there was no plan then and there is no plan now, they are simply stumbling on from one catastrophe to another. Having destroyed the town centre with Eden we are now confronted with Scott's folly at Handy Cross, the new Next store and the daft new road layout for Marlow Hill. No doubt we will soon be encouraging more coffee shops and cafes into the vacant units in Eden.

In what way is any of this improving the environment for the people that actually live here? You know, the ones that pay the council taxes.
That is great name for a band though..
Dicky Scott and the Chamber of Buffoons. ;)
[quote][p][bold]MattHopkins1620[/bold] wrote: Another panic announcement from Dicky Scott and the Chamber of Buffoons. Where is the evidence of any kind of plan in any of this? The time for thinking about the town centre was before Eden sucked the life out of it but no, they were seduced by the prospect of having somewhere glitzy to spend their money. And before anyone says "It's all very well criticising with the benefit of hindsight", there would be no need if our Council had employed even a modest level of foresight. Clearly there was no plan then and there is no plan now, they are simply stumbling on from one catastrophe to another. Having destroyed the town centre with Eden we are now confronted with Scott's folly at Handy Cross, the new Next store and the daft new road layout for Marlow Hill. No doubt we will soon be encouraging more coffee shops and cafes into the vacant units in Eden. In what way is any of this improving the environment for the people that actually live here? You know, the ones that pay the council taxes.[/p][/quote]That is great name for a band though.. Dicky Scott and the Chamber of Buffoons. ;) demoness the second

7:13pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Robert.M says...

Can we have a coffee shop where buggies, pushchairs, and screaming kids are not allowed. where there is no Wi-Fi, mobile phones and I Pads are banned, so that people have to talk to each other and not ruin other peoples enjoyment.
Can we have a coffee shop where buggies, pushchairs, and screaming kids are not allowed. where there is no Wi-Fi, mobile phones and I Pads are banned, so that people have to talk to each other and not ruin other peoples enjoyment. Robert.M

6:17pm Thu 5 Dec 13

J B Blackett says...

There is no such thing as a soul - not even a simple one.
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In fact 'souls' are entirely a human invention , thought up by power-hungry devious people to threaten the gullible into believing there is a Hell where folk who have been naughty during their life are tortured and tormented forever and ever by ugly demons , disgraced politicians and errant off-duty traffic wardens. There is a never-ending supply of those.
.
The Hell (at least some of it ), that does actually exist , can be found in toxic , evil-smelling , toxic junk food shops where people are cajoled into over-stuffing their faces with gooey chemically-based poisonous trans-fat c**p. Death Wish IX
.
Wycombe Council has thus in recent years by encouraging bookies and junk food shops etc to take over the Town are trying create Hell-on-Earth in Wycombe . Perhaps they are beginning to realise the error of their ways at last. We would hope so.
There is no such thing as a soul - not even a simple one. . In fact 'souls' are entirely a human invention , thought up by power-hungry devious people to threaten the gullible into believing there is a Hell where folk who have been naughty during their life are tortured and tormented forever and ever by ugly demons , disgraced politicians and errant off-duty traffic wardens. There is a never-ending supply of those. . The Hell (at least some of it ), that does actually exist , can be found in toxic , evil-smelling , toxic junk food shops where people are cajoled into over-stuffing their faces with gooey chemically-based poisonous trans-fat c**p. Death Wish IX . Wycombe Council has thus in recent years by encouraging bookies and junk food shops etc to take over the Town are trying create Hell-on-Earth in Wycombe . Perhaps they are beginning to realise the error of their ways at last. We would hope so. J B Blackett

8:21pm Thu 5 Dec 13

gpn01 says...

Robert.M wrote:
Can we have a coffee shop where buggies, pushchairs, and screaming kids are not allowed. where there is no Wi-Fi, mobile phones and I Pads are banned, so that people have to talk to each other and not ruin other peoples enjoyment.
Sure. Will just need to charge a tenner per cuppa to compensate for losing the majority of customers though. If you're willing too pay that premium and can find enough similar-minded customers then it could be a viable business.
[quote][p][bold]Robert.M[/bold] wrote: Can we have a coffee shop where buggies, pushchairs, and screaming kids are not allowed. where there is no Wi-Fi, mobile phones and I Pads are banned, so that people have to talk to each other and not ruin other peoples enjoyment.[/p][/quote]Sure. Will just need to charge a tenner per cuppa to compensate for losing the majority of customers though. If you're willing too pay that premium and can find enough similar-minded customers then it could be a viable business. gpn01

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