Plans for new cafe brewing in Gloucester Park
SOMETHING is brewing in Gloucester Park.
Gloucester City Council is looking to serve up a treat as plans for a new cafe in the park begin to make a stir.
Following a consultation process earlier this year, a tender process began but a suitable trader was not forthcoming.
But now plans to attract an investor ready for 2013 are going full steam ahead.
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Councillor Kathy Williams, cabinet member for the environment, said: "Following consultation with residents and users of the park a tender process began to find a suitable business to run the cafe in the park.
"Unfortunately, no suitable businesses came forward and we will be looking to attract someone to run the cafe in the park early next year.
"It is important the cafe provides everything local people would like.
"The feedback from those who filled in the consultation were extremely positive and most wanted to see a cafe in the park."
Despite a wave of positivity coming as a result of the consultation, there were some potential issues highlighted by residents.
Mrs Williams added: "Main concerns from those asked were that the opening hours were suitable and that extra litter bins were installed throughout the park, due to the increased litter which may arise with the opening of a cafe in the area."
There was a privately run cafe in the park until the mid-1980s.
Back in February, there were calls to press on and bring back a cafe to the park this year to coincide with it being Jubilee year.
There were also suggestions it should be named in honour of the Jubilee.
Councillor Paul Toleman (C, Westgate) has welcomed the plans.
He said: "I think it will be terrific. It could be really successful in the park if it is run properly and we get the right owners in there.
"We don't want burger vans or anything like that in there, we want a fixed cafe where people can have a cup of tea."