Strong opposition to a new super-market in the village has brought the community together.

Protesting groups have worked so well together that they are now setting up a Harefield Chamber of Commerce, a formal alliance against Tesco, which has put in new plans for a Tesco Express and flats on The King's Arms site, in Rickmansworth Road.

Atul Sodha, of the Londis store in Moorhall Road, said: "We wanted to harness the power we have experienced with the retailers and groups such as the residents' association and Neighbour-hood Watch, and the network is getting bigger all the time.

"We are a really thriving group now and we want people to join us.

"We all enjoy our village setting and because of the uniqueness of it, there is a strong desire to protect it.

"In times of doom and gloom this could be a positive. People care deeply here."

Pauline Crawley, the chairwoman of Harefield Tenants' and Residents' Association, said: "There have been forums in the past which have drawn everyone together, but they have tended to flag when those doing all the work leave the area and no-one wants to take it on.

"Our group could certainly work with a chamber of commerce. It would give us all a stronger voice."

Tesco's first application for the village centre site was turned down by Hillingdon Council's planning committee, but the company has returned to fight again with a modified plan.

Seeva Siva, who runs the Spar shop in the High Street, said: "It would be good to get everyone in one group. During the Tesco protests we have all got to know each other better."

Mike Langan, chairman of Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce, said: "We have been pleased to help set up the Harefield chamber, which can include all businesses, not just retailers - and schools can become honorary members too."

Asked his opinion of a Tesco in Harefield, Mr Langan said: "I think it would destroy the village." [

* Harefield villagers can email  if they are interested in joining.