I saw from a post by Lang Rabbie on this forum ages ago here that following a change in the law in 2005 planning permission is not required to change use from restaurants, cafes, pubs and takeways to shops - so this cannot be controlled by planners. And one obvious reason why pubs are closing so rapidly.
Apparently there was a kick off between the traders in the local shops/cafes at The Borough end of GT Southwark St and somebody with a sandwich boaed/notice directing people to the new Tesco on Borough Rd , yesterday. Police and local newspapers on site.....
I admit Boroman, that the Costcutter is admittedly a law unto itself. Living near it - ever since the Borough HS post office closed, I am forced to use it. Not by choice. MY sympathies are with you and I could see how the arrival of Tesco is seen as a savior.
Thanks ChloeB, there seem to be several Costcutters in the area, not all with that name out front but with the same produce, such as their inedible "Heritage" pies etc. Until now they've in effect had a local monopoly.
Kory, presume you mean Great Suffolk St, where I saw a board yesterday urging people to support our local traders. I do, and can recommend the locksmith, dry cleaner and bakery. But the food outlets start shutting soon after lunchtime, and by evening there's only the pub and chippie.
It was insensitive of Tesco if they put someone on that corner yesterday. But the local shops need to rethink what they offer and when. For a start, how about one late shopping evening a week in which the whole street - butcher, florist, caffs and all - takes part?