A CONTROVERSIAL planning application to create a new station coffee kiosk has been withdrawn.

The application to convert an old storeroom at the Manningtree Railway Station to a coffee kiosk hit the buffers when a potential tenant pulled out.

However, it might only be a stay of execution for Paul Sankey, who owns the Manningtree Station buffet, as Greater Anglia is now remarketing the storeroom.

Mr Sankey, 64, has run his business from the station for 20 years but fears he would go bust if a rival set up shop there.

He says there is not enough custom for two outlets.

On the Tendring Council’s website there were about 170 objections to the proposed plans.

Mr Sankey added: “We really are in the dark and we don’t know anything.

“I’ve only found out because I looked on the website which doesn’t specify why the application has been withdrawn.

“I just hope they won’t resubmit it.”

A Greater Anglia spokesman said: “A potential tenant has decided to withdraw their application to change the use of a former storeroom to a commercial use at Manningtree station.

“We will be re-marketing it for commercial use.

“Passenger numbers are increasing at Manningtree station and we are seeking to increase the range of outlets available.”