SAVE OUR COMMUNITY
Do we need another Tesco Supermarket on our Doorstep?
There are discussions in hand with Tesco and Hammersmith &
Fulham Borough Council to demolish 80 homes in Cromwell Avenue
and King Street, a Church Meeting House and the UGC Cinema to
create a Supermarket for Tesco and new Council Offices.
· · A whole community destroyed
· · New access road from A4 directly into the
· · More traffic and pollution
· · No Cinema in Hammersmith
· · Trees chopped down, gardens and wildlife destroyed
· · Local small shops will suffer
We already have 10 supermarkets/superstores to choose from within
walking distance from the centre of Hammersmith.
AND WHAT FOR?
A commercial venture - shiny new expensive offices for the Council
and another Store for Tesco - that we do not need!
HELP TO SAVE OUR COMMUNITY AND YOUR ENVIRONMENT
How: - Lobby or Write to:
Ian Coleman MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
Mary Honeyball, MEP
4G Shirland Mews London
London W9 3DY
Assembly Ward Councillor
London SW1 3PY
15 Nasmyth Street
London W6 0HA
We are residents
of Cromwell Avenue in Hammersmith and we are writing to inform
of a proposed joint development between The London Borough of
Hammersmith & Fulham Council and Tesco. A neighbour has had
verbal confirmation from the Council to this effect. We strongly
oppose this proposed scheme and are seeking your active help.
Cromwell Avenue is a small residential avenue off King Street
above Nigel Playfair Avenue. Cromwell Avenue has three blocks
of flats. One block is made up of 52 flats and is part of the
Trust of Thomas Pocklington; the other two blocks Marryat Court
were initially completely owned by the Council, however some years
ago a number of the residents in Marryat Court took up the offer
of right to buy (14 long leaseholds) so the property is part private
ownership and Council tenants. In between the blocks in the central
reservation are a row of trees all of which are over 100 years
old. We are all very concerned about news relating to Cromwell
Avenue and this proposed Tesco Development scheme.
The details we have are as follows:
A scheme which comprises a store for Tesco, offices for the Council
together with some affordable housing which will encompass the
3 blocks of flats in Cromwell Avenue, the Quakers' Meeting House,
the Mansion block (Cromwell Mansions) fronting King Street, the
4 shops immediately below, the UGC Cinema, and car park at the
At present this area is a thriving residential community - not
forgetting the trees, gardens
and wildlife which will all cease to exist, and what for? Another
Tesco store which is not required (10 Supermarkets all within
walking distance of the area).
We understand the Thomas Pocklington Trust have been approached
by Tesco and are seriously considering the proposal. We confirm
also that the Quakers have been approached by the Council for
the demolition of their Meeting House which is at the far end
of Cromwell Avenue nearest the A4, where we are given to understand
that access into the site is being considered.
I also understand that as part of the Scheme the UGC cinema in
King Street has already been sold and will be closed in September.
The loss of the Cinema will affect not just the adults in the
local and adjacent communities, (eg Chiswick, Brackenbury, Barnes
to name just a few of the communities who come to the cinema here)
but it will also affect the children in the areas. Many children
use the cinema not only on Saturday mornings but during the school
holidays. It is also used by schools, young mothers and families.
We have lost all of our cinemas in Hammersmith apart from the
UGC and with this demolished it will leave the area void of a
social amenity that caters for all ages.
There are major concerns about health issues as a result of the
traffic and congestion that another store will generate. It is
already on record that the Great West Road down to Hammersmith
Broadway is one of the most highly polluted areas in Europe. The
quality of the air is therefore already affected. There is no
doubt that large juggernaut lorries and more traffic will be adding
further to the traffic problem and the already high pollution.
And what of the noise pollution? Deliveries will take place day
and night. Shoppers will arrive throughout the day and night.
What of the Environment and the wildlife? We get visits from many
birds which nest in the vegetation. We have several trees which
are over 100 years old.
Many of us have been resident in Cromwell Avenue for well over
30 years and have raised our families here. We are really very
worried that a beautiful leafy residential Avenue is to be destroyed,
our community is to be destroyed and we are to lose our homes
for the sake of yet another Tesco store.
Hammersmith is well supplied with little shops which will all
suffer as a direct result of Tesco's redevelopment scheme, not
to mention the increased traffic and pollution that will be generated.
Many of the residents have invested time and money into their
beautiful gardens. There are so many issues raised that it is
more than a community issue. We are considering our Human Rights.
Already many of us have begun to suffer stress faced with the
loss of our homes. Our residents' ages range from under 3 years
to well over 70 years. Some of our residents are blind or partially
sighted and they are well integrated into the community.
We are extremely anxious that this sort of activity can be permitted
to take place in our civilised world. We were known as a nation
of small shopkeepers - now our small shops are being destroyed
by just a few Multi Nationals who are voracious or should we say
ferocious in their appetite for more selling space with a complete
disregard for our local communities. If this development is allowed
to go ahead as planned a really dangerous precedent could be created.
Which next little residential street or avenue is for the chop.
Moving a community to live over a Tesco store is certainly not