As Aresident of Northolt for 32 years I was quite pleased to receive a survey in the Around Ealing magazine asking residents for their suggestions on the "regeneration" of Northolt.

I don't know if it has escaped the planners' notice but Northolt is something of an anomaly to every other district in the borough of Ealing. Unlike Greenford, Southall, Hanwell, West Ealing and Ealing Broadway; we do not have either a town centre or a high street.

The other exception is Perivale, but they have the Tesco superstore within walking distance.

Northolt consists of numerous housing estates, each with their own parade of shops.

None of these shops are what we would consider a 'shopping centre', although the signposts at Oldfield Circus suggest it is a shopping centre. Mostly the shops are a few newsagents/convenience shops and takeaways/fast food shops.

I live on the Islip Manor estate, so the nearest shops to us are the ones in Church and Northolt roads.

This could be construed as the heart of Northolt as the original Northolt village and village green are there, but from the Target roundabout up to Northolt station there is not one shop that you can actually do "proper shopping" at, unless you count the Co-op.

The same goes for Oldfield Circus. There is a McDonald's, two pizza takeaways, one Kentucky Fried Chicken, another new chicken shop where a chip shop used to be, one Indian restaurant, a takeaway Indian, one Chinese takeaway, a fish and chip shop and a burger bar.

It is the fault of the planners for granting permission for so many takeaways, fast food outlets and restaurants and alcohol licences for any newsagent-cum-convenience shop that attract anti social behaviour.

No wonder there is an obesity epidemic when the local shops that used to be around Northolt village were at least three small supermarkets (Liptons, Co op and Londis) as well as butchers, bakers, greengrocers etc.

It's the same for all the regions of Northolt.

So, if any town planners would like to advise us where Northolt town centre is and how it can be "regenerated", (not including baskets of flowers hanging from lampposts and making it look nice), I would be most interested to know.