I READ with interest your article in the Harrow Observer of September 23, 2009 about Tesco and its campaign to flood the country with small shops which are of little use to most people.
I live across from the site of the old Apollo pub in Pinner Road, North Harrow, and after several years of looking at an eyesore, they have put up a fence around the site. Some weeks ago a chain fence was erected and a demolition company had a sign on it. That has now been removed.
I have been monitoring the Harrow planning website as they tell me that is the way to get information on all things relating to planning in the borough. There is a block of flats being built at the corner of Pinner Road and Pinner View, where the petrol station was, but I have never seen any paperwork relating to this, as is usual when building work is due to take place. My suspicious nature smells a rat there.
Tesco have made a few planning applications relating to the Apollo site, but nothing as big as building anything. However, they have been granted planning for two flats to be built on the first floor of the old pub. That either means they are not going to knock down all the old building or they are just playing for time.
I for one, and a few more in the area, seem to be of the same opinion that another small supermarket would be of no use. It would not add anything to the area, which is residential and should be kept that way.
I had a friend who lived in the new block of flats in North Harrow and she was annoyed by the amount of people, residents of the flats, who used to stand outside smoking and drinking as she lived across from the flats. She has since moved.
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