As it used to look: The old cafe by the pier (Google)

The former managers of a popular seafront cafe have submitted plans to open a tea trailer.

Linda James and Claire Cook have lodged a planning application with the Isle of Wight Council, seeking permission for a food truck on land at The Green, Lane End.

The cafe they were previously running, the Lifeboat View Cafe, Bembridge, was demolished by site owner Debbie Potts last September, with a view to building a smaller cafe on the same site.

When Mrs Potts then submitted an application to extend her house, and place a food van and small kiosk on the site, almost 900 people objected, fearing the cafe would not be built at all.

The plans were eventually withdrawn as a result of the objections, and Mrs Potts said she would seek to rebuild the cafe as previously approved.

According to Mrs James and Miss Cook’s application for a tea trailer:

“This popular beachside location finds itself, quite unusually, without a place to buy an ice cream, cup of tea or light snack.

“It is understood the RNLI shop is unable to cater for this demand due to staff and space, with the nearest café being on the private Warner’s holiday complex to the south, which is adults only and considered too far from the beach.”

Almost 30 residents have commented on the plans.

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter