PREPARATIONS for a new drive-through coffee shop, which could create 20 local jobs, begin tomorrow (Thursday).

The Port of Milford Haven has started clearing the derelict Quay Stores site at the entrance to the Marina, in preparation for if it is granted planning permission for a Costa Coffee store.

A spokesman said the work was not expected to cause any disruption to traffic in the area.

If approved, the new coffee shop will bring 10 full-time and 10 part-time jobs.

Twenty-five car parking spaces are promised, and the branch is set to open from 5am until 10pm, seven days a week.

The Port says the development "will contemporise the current entrance to Milford Waterfront, and undoubtedly become a convenient coffee stop for visitors travelling through and locals alike".

The plans have been backed by Milford Haven Town Council, but members have since raised concerns about the possible impact of construction work on traffic and pedestrian access in the area.

In March, the Welsh Government approved a £1m loan to help the Port develop the neighbouring Quay Stores building, as part of its 'masterplan' for the marina.

In August, the Port was awarded £10,000 to find out whether its plans for the Grade II-listed building are financially viable.

A feasibility study will examine whether the Port's proposals to transform the historic Quay Stores building into a cafe, retail, and office and community space are appropriate for the area, and would make enough money to survive.

For full details search for application number 17/0613/PA on the county council's website.

A decision is expected at a meeting of the planning committee on December 12.