Saturday 30 January 2016 1.26am
Makeovers and successful businesses are to be welcome and encouraged in the neighbourhood... if they are in keeping with the unique character of Shad Thames
and bring benefits to the local residents.
While the revitalisation of the Piazza is exciting, I worry for those residents whole apartments directly overlook it. Will the restaurants and cafes bring in large crowds and with it noise and litter etc?
As for the new Tesco, it has been strongly opposed by local residents and the Shad Thames
Residents Association for many reasons (just do a search on this forum). Lovage
occupied that site until 2-3 years ago. Before that it was another restaurant called Hara, if memory serves. It's not been empty that long.
I guess my point is, thriving businesses and new developments are great but there has to be a balance between the needs of local residents vs those of businesses. There needs to be more consideration on the type of business that is appropriate for the neighbourhood and the impact it has on traffic, noise, safety etc in what is largely a residential area.
is a quiet, conservation area with a unique character. It would be a shame if we let it turn into just another high street with the same shops and supermarkets as everywhere else.