Look brews coming to town

Wally Ashcroft and local resident Fred Bishop at the site of the proposed drive through at Windle Island
Wally Ashcroft and local resident Fred Bishop at the site of the proposed drive through at Windle Island
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PLANS to create a drive-through coffee house at one of St Helens’ busiest road junctions have been given the green-light.

St Helens Council’s planning committee last week passed hotly-debated plans for a Starbucks coffee house at the Windle Island junction of the East Lancs by a majority of 10 votes to two.

The plans had previously polarised opinion in the area.

Scores of residents voiced their opposition - citing arguments as diverse as traffic congestion and the overwhelming smell of coffee!

But a growing number also told of their support for the proposal, which will now bring 20 much-needed jobs to the town.

Fred Bishop, of Crantock Road, said siting a drive-through Starbucks next to the Tesco Express would create havoc on roads in the area - despite the firm’s offer to install a pedestrian crossing refuge island in the middle of Rainford Road.

Mr Bishop, backed by Windle councillor Wally Ashcroft, said: “Windle Island is already designated a high-risk accident blackspot, and this development would just make things worse.

“It’s hard to oppose a plan that could create 20 jobs - particularly in the current economic climate - but surely there’s a better place this could go.”

But among the Windle residents supporting the proposal were Reporter readers Kevin Boyce and Pat Marsden - who both told of their frustration at local “knee-jerk” opposition to the plan.

A Starbucks spokeswoman said that a drive-through on the vacant site would be “a positive addition to the community”.