A new cafe could be opened in Woodhall Spa, despite claims the village is in danger of disappearing under a “mountain of cream teas and scones.”
Parish councillors have decided not to object to an application to change the use of the former HSBC bank on The Broadway into a cafe.
Councillors admitted they were already concerned about the number of food outlets in the village which is heavily reliant on tourism, particularly in the summer.
Speaking at a meeting of the council last week, Coun Lucy Wells said: “You will soon be able to get something to eat in Woodhall Spa - but nothing else.”
Chairman David Clarke questioned whether the proposal was ‘one cafe too far.’
He also suggested that councillors could ask planners at East Lindsey District Council to issue a condition, barring chairs and tables on the pavement immediately outside the former bank.
However, Coun Roger Webb said that several other similar businesses already operated with pavement seating areas.
He added: “If we object to this, we could be accused of singling out one particular business and that is not fair.”
Coun Richard Sanderson expressed concerns about the number of food outlets and questioned whether Woodhall needed another cafe.
However, Coun Tim Peacock said the economic viability of another cafe was not a matter for the council.
He added; “It is a matter of supply and demand. Clearly, in this instance, the people behind it feel there is a demand.”
Several residents have raised concerns and said they would prefer to see another use for the former bank building.
Paul Rawson said: “There’s a decent range of shops in Woodhall but it would be nice to see something else - apart from a cafe.”
“The place is danger of disappearing under a mountain of cream teas and scones, I’d like to see a decent bank or if it has to be food, a fish and chip shop.”