Thursday 4 August 2005 8.49am
Much of the character of Bermondsey Street
has been removed by both a) the incoming residential community (post 1994) and b) by the type of development that has been built to accomodate that community.
Any city needs both its parks and vistas for enjoyment and its bakeries for sustenance. Ticino have been on Bermondsey Street
for 30 odd years and it has only been recently, specifically after the conversion of Gemini House to apartments, that they have attracted negative attention.
New residents in Gemini House originally objected to the noise of Ticino's exhaust fans and, as I understand it, used that and health and safety concerns to try and shut them down.
In the time that I've been resident in the area Ticino have never, to the best of my knowledge, been linked to any health scare. No-one that I know who has bought goods from them has ever become ill. Surely that is a measure of the business, more than whether or not odd smells emanate from the premises.
But maybe the sad fact is that people don't mind diversity as long as it isn't on their doorstep.
Hugs, kisses and good thoughts to all.