CONCERNS about traffic have been raised following plans for a national café chain to open a drive-thru in Haverfordwest.

Costa Coffee submitted plans to open a drive-thru coffee shop at the Withybush Retail Park on March 8.

At its March meeting, Haverfordwest Town Council recommended the plans for the new coffee shop for refusal.

This recommendation was on the grounds that the new Costa would cause traffic problems when trying to enter the Withybush Retail Park.

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The council agreed to object to the plans for the Costa Drive-Thru on the grounds of highway safety.

Councillors also discussed the fact that Haverfordwest already has three Costa Coffee cafés: one at the Riverside Shopping Centre, one at Debenhams within the Withybush Retail Park, and one at Withybush Hospital.

The local county councillor for Prendergast, Alison Tudor, said she was concerned for the staff who work at the garage which would be demolished for the proposed coffee shop.

“My main concern is for the staff in in the garage: I just hope they that will be offered some work at the drive-thru,” she said.

Costa Coffee submitted the plans for the drive-thru in Haverfordwest following its similar café in Milford Haven.

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According to a planning application by Motor Fuel Group Ltd, permission is sought to demolish the Texaco petrol station at Withybush Retail Park and build a drive-thru facility, with indoor seating and 29 car park spaces.

It says around 18 full and part-time jobs will be created and minimum opening hours of 5am to 11pm will be sought.

See planning application 18/1252/PA on the council's website for more information.