A COFFEE chain has denied banning teenagers from the car park of its drive thru cafe during evenings because of residents’ complaints about loud music being played from cars.
Parish councillors had been told that Starbucks’ Windle Island venue was stopping youths gathering in its car park after 8pm and from playing loud music while car doors were open.
Details of the complaints were included in minutes of the latest Windle Parish Council meeting.
“I’d received complaints from residents of Windle Grove near to the path to Tesco who have had a terrible time and had even had eggs thrown at their windows,” said Councillor Marie McNulty, of Windle Parish Council, who claims that Starbucks store stated it will not serve unaccompanied teenagers in the store during evenings.
She said: “The police have been involved and warned the worst offenders and in the last month or so it has quietened and the problem has alleviated recently.”
However, Starbucks have denied having banned anyone from their car park and that they are willing to serve anyone in the store whether accompanied or not.
“We don’t know where this has come from, it’s not true,” said a store representative.
Plans for a franchise of the coffee chain were approved by councillors two years despite a campaign by some Windle residents who voiced concerns the cafe would lead to increased traffic at the busy junction and noise.