Costa Managing Director to come to Totnes
|10 October, 2012||Posted by notocosta under Campaign news|
We are delighted to be able to tell you that Costa Coffee Managing Director and colleagues will be meeting with Sarah Wollaston MP, Pru Boswell – Totnes Mayor, Transition Town Totnes and representatives from the NotoCosta campaign including an independent coffee shop owner. The meeting, which will take place later this week, will give us the opportunity to put the questions to them that have formed the backbone of our campaign and which are based in the deep concerns we have about the impact of having a Costa outlet in Totnes and what it will mean to our town in the longer term. Concerns such as those that:
• The shopfitters and the signmakers aren’t local — taking much needed revenue away from ours.
• The promised 12 jobs may not materialise and actually mean 5-6 part time ones — whilst costing more established local ones.
• None of their food sourcing will be done locally, again depriving local businesses of revenue in tough times and undermining our local food economy which employs so many.
• The impact of Costa’s stated goal of growth, growth, and more growth on small market towns like ours, that celebrate and depend upon their individuality and independence, will be hugely detrimental
Costa have made it clear that they will not come if they think that they will be met with protest and out of a desire to be able to meet and have a constructive dialogue with them we have agreed to that. However, in return we expect them to take our questions and requests, which show the strength of feeling of the town, very seriously.
At the meeting we will be representing you and want to be able to table your specific questions and share your views. If you could take five minutes out when you read this blog and put your thoughts to us by either commenting below, emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org, tweeting us @notocosta or posting on our Facebook page we can gather together all this information and present it to the Managing Director of Costa Coffee when we meet.Tweet