The Dorset seaside town declaring war on coffee


By the time you read this, it may be too late for Christchurch. The 50,000-odd souls of this Dorset seaside town are being terrorised by a remorseless foe. Slowly but surely, the enemy advances. As a local shopkeeper warned the nation in The Sun last month, Christchurch finds itself in a “crazy situation”.

You must be wondering what it is that is leaving such a bitter taste in the mouth, and the answer is… coffee shops. There are 14 on the high street, apparently, which means that, on average, there’s one every 38 yards. Councillors were so concerned, the story went, that they allowed a plot to remain empty rather than allow a new coffee shop to open there. 

Mike Ismail, the quoted shopkeeper…

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