To allow Tesco to expand in Wealdstone would be a double whammy, and must be opposed at all costs by local people, by the council and Harrow planners.
It would not only bring the traffic to a complete standstill in Harrow town centre, but would be a disaster for the economic life and health of the rest of the town.
The infinitely expanding greed of Tesco, and other massive near-monopolies like Asda, Walmart, and Sainsbury's has been well documented in the book Tescopoly by Andrew Simms, and also by the pressure group of the same name, which runs a campaign aimed at highlighting environmental and social impacts attributed to British supermarket chains.
The slogan is "every little hurts", a comment on Tesco's famous "every little helps", and shows the tactics used by this company to grab as much of the local trade as possible, irrespective of the impact on other shops and businesses that help to create the life and vitality of town centres.
Apart from going into other areas than groceries, usually at lower prices because of the exploitation of overseas workers, Tesco has been heavily criticised by the media in both the UK and Ireland among other places over its comparatively more ruthless and harsh business tactics compared to its rivals, all of whom stand charged, like Tesco, of bullying farmers to lower their prices to unsustainable levels.
Waitrose was the only major supermarket to come out of this accusation relatively unscathed.
For these and other reasons, especially at a time when the viability of local small shops and businesses are at stake, and Harrow town centre is suffering from reduction in trade and attraction of businesses, the worst thing to do would be to allow Tesco to double its capacity to do even further harm to the area, and tighten its stranglehold on local business. This plan must be scotched without further ado.
Whitchurch Lane Edgware