Saturday, 31 July 2021

Cafe plan objection

PLANS to turn a Wargrave café into a house have been opposed by parish councillors.

Lynda Colborne wants to convert the Old Post Office in High Street because she says businesses in the village struggle to survive.

Wargrave Parish Council agreed to object on the grounds that there was insufficient justification for the loss of a retail amenity in High Street.

Chairman Richard Bush said: “Previously they could prove there was no business there but now there’s a very successful business running there.”

Councillor Michael Etwell added: “It appears to be an amenity that is well used. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it empty during the times it has been open in the last 18 months.”

But Councillor Philip Davies said: “People going through the door doesn’t mean success or a profitable business.”

More than 40 residents have written to the council, saying the business is important to Wargrave and is viable.

Mrs Colborne took over the property from her former husband Tony, who previously tried to convert it into a house in 2014.

The café is run by Karin Edlind and her partner Tim Lawrence.

A decision will be made by Wokingham Borough Council later this month.

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