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A Co-op would endanger the well-being of children who frequent Belsize Village

06 September, 2018

• AS residents of Belsize Village we are utterly horrified to learn that the Co-op is once again plan­ning to open a store here – as they should have learned from their previ­ous attempt 12-18 months ago, this is not welcome, (‘Save our village’ pleas over Co-Op’s supermarket plan for Belsize Park, August 23).

We’re served by no fewer than six super-markets within easy access of the village (Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Budgens, M&S x 2) and the idea that another is wanted is absurd.

A Co-op would have nothing but a negative impact on our neighbourhood, threaten­ing the livelihoods of the sole traders in the village, despoiling the area, bringing additional pollution and congestion, and endangering the wellbeing of the children who frequent the village square.

When the Co-op’s first attempt was abandoned, we believe an assurance was given by them to Charles Salmon QC that so too were any plans to try again. It is disgraceful that they have reneged on that undertaking.

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