Work has now started on new cycle cafe for Deal seafront

Posted on Jan 23, 2015

Following on from the success of their Deal Station cafe, Platform 1 owners Nick and Andy Stevens, along with Deal Tri chairwoman Yvonne Hankin, and vice-chairman Gary Holmes, have taken on a new venture to turn a storage facility into a healthy cafe for cyclists called Route 1.  Work has now started and the developers also hope it will become a community hub for events.

As reported in the Mercury at Christmas, the building, near to The Royal Hotel in Beach Street (a former public convenience currently being used as a storage facility by Deal Angling Club HQ) is owned by Dover District Council. Although Deal Town Council recommended the application for refusal the final decision to grant permission was made by DDC.

Not everyone agreed with them according to the comments on the KM article!

DealJay wrote:
WOW!!!!! This is the most amazing thing i have seen rumoured to happen to Deal in ages!! This is a fantastic idea, good on the guys behind it. This will encourage healthy living, cycling (which there is already big groups of cyclists but who do not have any kind of cycling cafe hub which is essential) and for non cyclists will still be a great addition to the prom.
Also George is a great mechanic! Please, please lets have this!!

Ajqueenofthemountains wrote:
Why on earth would Deal Town council recommend refusal for this brillant, good for the town and progressive cafe that would benefit the people of Deal and would bring cyclists to the town? It turns which at the moment is an eyesore into a much more appealing asset. DDC show some iniative and support local business. Allez allez Deal cycling cafe! (perhaps choose a more snappy name)

Mr Stevens said: “The public support for this project has been overwhelming.

“Deal is a mecca for cyclists, both club members and people who just enjoy cycling for fun. Our cycle cafe concept will be the first of its kind on the south east coast and, of course, will be creating job opportunities for the people of the town, too.”

It hopes to create 12 jobs initially and this number could grow during the busy summer. The cafe also hopes to become a hub for community events that take place along the seafront.

Planning permission, given by the district council, is subject to a few conditions, including that no music is to be played on the premises at any time and no outside seating unless permitted by the local planning authority.

Nick Stevens said: “We’re not competing with anyone, we’re enhancing the seafront with a facility that has never been here before.

“The footfall for Deal seafront is all year round and will be greatly enhanced by this. It’s already a very popular location.”

Mr Holmes explained that the building is along the National Cycle Network Route 1 and hundreds of cyclists ride this route.

There will be a cycle repair shop at the back where his son George Holmes will work as well as a lock hire service with a secure place for bikes with CCTV cameras.

The cafe will sell coffee, cakes, salads and healthy takeaways as well as Route 1 branded energy bars and TV screens showing important cycling events such as the Tour de France.

Mr Stevens added: “It’s not just for cyclists, its a cafe for everybody.


Originally reported in Kent Online.