Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Caf Society

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Caf Society

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Byline: Will Sutton

A Teesside entrepreneur is hoping a pounds 2m scheme will bring European caf culture to a Middlesbrough street.

Businessman Steve Cochrane has revealed plans to convert part of Garnet Street, Middlesbrough, into an open caf area with mature trees, stylish canopy shelters and seating.

The pounds 2m scheme would see a giant glass elevator built next to his Psyche store and a roof-top restaurant capable of seating more than 400 diners.

Mr Cochrane said: "We would like to put in mature trees and seating that would create a caf culture.

"I think it will be a massive boost to the area as people will see birds, plants and flowers instead of bleak masonry.

"Hopefully Middlesbrough is on the road to becoming a regional symbol that stands up against the likes of Newcastle."

Local residents are now being asked for their views as part of a 28-day consultation period.

If there is no opposition to the scheme then it will be put before Middlesbrough Council's planning committee, but it could be some time before a final decision is made. …

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