Dispute sparked between two high street retailers in Eastbourne

The dispute is between Starbucks and Specsavers
The dispute is between Starbucks and Specsavers

Proposals to put tables and chairs outside a busy coffee shop in Eastbourne has sparked a dispute from a neighbouring retailer.

Starbucks on Terminus Road has put forward plans to open their shop out into the high street but neighbour Specsavers has objected to the proposals.

In an objection submitted to the planning committee a Specsaver spokesperson said, “It has been agreed by East Sussex Highways that a clear pedestrian zone would be put in place on the north and south sides of Terminus Road from Bankers Corner to the junction of Ashford Road.”

According to the spokesperson, the pedestrian zone is set to be put in place after input from disability campaigners concerned at the safety of the street regeneration work.

The spokesperson said, “This means that no advertising boards, merchandise or tables and chairs are permitted in the area from October 1.

“The application is directly in contravention to this order and therefore should not be allowed.”