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Put a lid on it. . . town rejects its 15th coffee shop

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Put a lid on it. . . town rejects its 15th coffee shop
Coast is one of the many cafés in the centre of ChristchurchROGERARBON/BNPS

A retirement town has become so overrun with coffee shops that local officials decided to leave a premises empty rather than allow another one.

Christchurch in Dorset has 14 coffee shops on a 500 metre stretch of the High Street and near by — an average of one every 35 metres.

The matter came to a head when the Coffee#1 chain sought planning permission to turn a former shoe shop into another of their outlets.

Rival café owners in the coastal town objected to the application and residents also complained, saying that they had had their fill of coffee shops.

Among the establishments already on or near the High Street are chains such as Caffè Nero and Costa, as well as the independent businesses the…

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