Sunday 4 November 2012 10.23pm
Hang on a minute. I was one of those who protested about the closure of the newsagents/kitchen shop/launderette on the Cut. Very bad news. But neither I nor anyone else could find a way of stopping it. I now fear for Lower Marsh
, although more of the shops are owned by the shopowners.
The new Sainsburys on the Cut is a vast improvement on the one opposite Waterloo and as an OAP I can operate the self-service tills.
The problem is the planning laws and ownership, not Sainsburys or Tescos.
If you want to see how to do it, go to Marylebone High Street where a "nasty" landlord controlled access so chains were kept out and shops like Daunts could thrive.Enlightened self-interest, he owns all the flats around.
As with housing the answer has to be community action.