I read with interest your article on the opening of yet another Tesco, this time in Southall.
Tesco has built stores all around Southall and it is said that we have more stores per head of population in this area than anywhere in the UK i.e. saturation.
Now they are opening within the town as well. What is annoying is that because they donated £500 to the hospice they get great media coverage for free in the Gazette.
Previous articles on this store opening related to job creation, but what no one seems to mention is that Tesco does not actually create net jobs, because usually other local independent businesses tend to close down as a result of their opening.
These independent businesses keep whole families in employment and thus the net loss is much greater than any jobs that Tesco can create.
At the end of the day consumers only buy what they need, they don’t buy more food because Tesco has arrived, all it does is split up the cake and usually it’s the independents and the community at large who lose out in the long term.
Tesco does have a role to play as a large supermarket, but by encroaching inside our unique town means that we will end up like most cloned town centres.
The character of Southall will be lost if we allow large supermarkets to open up in our town centre.
As they say: “Every Little Hurts”.
Argyll Avenue, Southall
Lengthy road closure a disgrace
I am aghast to still see that Longfield Road is still closed, 10 weeks after it was due to open.
The project was meant to be completed in March.
The road, which has been closed since November, is costing the taxpayer £440,000, but at the moment there is no visible sign of anyone working on the site.
This closure has led to constant traffic jams along St Leonards Road and has turned the Five Roads into a rat-run. It is creating a danger to residents, a health hazard to the community and serious inconvenience to everyone in Ealing.
I would like to know why this project is so overdue and why, in this age of austerity, the council can justify spending £440,000 on this stretch of road.
Surely it has nothing to do with the proximity of the council offices?
If the council does have this money to spare, and clearly it has the time, perhaps it would like to spend some of it resurfacing roads which are not next to the council offices and would benefit Ealing as whole.
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Voting campaign for Irish abroad
An important campaign has begun to give the Irish diaspora living in London the right to vote in Irish elections.
The London-based campaign group, Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad (VICA), recognises that British citizens living in southern Ireland have rights to vote in UK elections, US citizens living in here in London can also vote in presidential elections and French citizens based here can vote in overseas constituencies and send an overseas representative to the French parliament.
These are just a few examples of the 115 countries that give voting rights to their citizens abroad.
However the Irish emigrant is totally disenfranchised and Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad has recently made representations to the Constitutional Convention in Ireland putting the case for extending the vote to Irish citizens abroad.
If you are an Irish citizen living in Ealing or London who is interested in this important campaign please contact VICA at: BM Box Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad, London , WC1N 3XX. You will also find more information on their website : http://www.vica.ie
Please sign the petition and give your support to this worthy
A little care by the bin men, please
This morning I watched our rubbish collected. The chap yanked the bag out of our brand new bin and wandered off, leaving the lid lying in the middle of the pavement.
If I hadn’t witnessed this carelessness and gone out immediately to rescue it, I am sure that the lid would have gone astray, or ended up in the road, possibly so damaged that we would have had to purchase another bin.
We have paid decent money for our large waste bin and do not want it damaged through the negligence of Enterprise. Residents pay a lot in council tax and they expect a little care and respect when the council performs this simple service.
Marc Heine (Dr)
Long march against fundamentalism
The executive committee of the Indian Workers Association (Southall) condemns without reservation the barbaric murder of a British soldier, Lee Rigby, and expresses full sympathy with his family and friends.
The association also condemns religiously motivated killing of innocent people, whether in Mumbai or Pakistan, New York or Afghanistan or our own London streets. We call upon the minister for faith and communities to lead the long march against fundamentalism in our adopted country, the UK. We also ask immigrant communities to dissociate themselves from imported religious fundamentalism so fascist and far-right groups cannot exploit social tensions in UK.
Communities must unite to defeat fundamentalism, along with divisive propaganda of the far-right.
Iqbal Singh Vaid
on behalf of the executive of
Indian Workers Association (Southall)