Bookbarge loses prime Paddington spot

London book barge

London book barge

In this week’s Ham & High newspaper (w/e 27 Nov 2014) the London book barge gets quite good coverage with regards to the controversial tendering process instigated by Canal & River Trust.

The winning tender went to a coffee shop conglomerate known by the name of British Land.

Is there a need for more coffee shops in the area?

It may not look as if there are enough coffee outlets in the immediate area, however besides those at Sheldon Square (including Pret a Manger, Starbucks, Subway, Grand Union Bar, Zizzi’s etc) there’s also Costa at St Mary’s round the corner and on weekdays there’s a mobile coffee shop by The Point in Paddington basin, PLUS many outlets on Praed Street, in Paddington station itself, and of course Tesco’s which does take away coffees too.

How does an extra coffee outlet provide the best deal for the canal? Clearly more rubbish in terms of discarded paper cups and food containers, more visual pollution! Expensive for guess who?

Below is the response from Canal & River Trust found on the Change petition page.

Canal & River Trust reply 26 Nov 2014

Canal & River Trust reply 26 Nov 2014

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