Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A Letter from Tesco

Presumably as part of Tesco's charm offensive to win planning approval for a convenience store in North Road, I received a letter from their Property Communication Manager at the weekend.

The site isn't in my ward, but the company have surveyed 2,300 homes within a 500 metre radius of the old Shell garage, which would certainly include quite a few Haughton West residents.

The results according to Tesco were striking - the split for and against a new Tesco Express was 60/40. 57% of respondents said they would walk to the store. Helpfully, Tesco have offered to allow the comment cards to be viewed, in case there are any doubts as to the veracity of the findings.

This is a genuinely difficult matter to resolve. Prior to the election, the three Labour ward councillors in Harrowgate Hill surveyed their residents thoroughly, and found that local people were opposed by a margin of 3 to 1. The further away you move from the site, however, the stronger the opposition became. The Planning Committee certainly should take particular heed of the residents who live in the immediate vicinity of the old garage, who have had to put up with a lot of vandalism and anti-social behaviour on the site.
After recommending refusal of the first application, DBC officers are suggesting that the amended proposals are approved by Councillors. The matter will be sorted out at Planning Application Committee next Wednesday.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

extremely disappointed that the Council have chosen not to support the local traders but go with the big comglomerate. I supose that this will add to the already conjested state of North Road. I await the much promised cycle lanes.