Morrisons: It’s ludicrous boarding up Safeway supermarket site

PUBLISHED: 21:57 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:34 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, I HAVE just come back from a two week break to find the Safetway supermarket site site in Roman Road in Bow has been boarded up. What a monstrosity, only yards from front windows of tenants in Cruden House.

Their view now is of ugly, unnecessary blue boards—It’s ludicrous!

Dear Editor,

ONCE again I put pen to paper about the farce that is the Safeway supermarket site at Bow in East London.

I have just come back from a two week break to find the site in Roman Road has been boarded up. What a monstrosity.

It is only yards away from some of the tenants front windows here in Cruden House.

Their view now is of ugly, unnecessary blue boards—unnecessary because there are already bollards, a fence and a pavement preventing car access.

Surely this cannot be right, to stop tenants from having access to Roman Road from Vernon Road?

My friend Eve who is severely disabled has to go along the pavement towards Tredegar-road to find a ramp for her electric chair to get onto the road, then drive in the road down Vernon-road to get into Roman-road. It’s ludicrous!

This is a public walk through. Is this a childish punishment’ by the land owners because we didn’t jump up and down with joy at being hemmed in and overcrowded by their offer of yet more flats?

All we residents want is a supermarket and car park. We have both already—they just need regenerating.

The proposal for more than 200 flats and 30 underground parking places makes me wonder, even in the unlikely event that only half the occupants own cars, if it is logistically possible to have enough spaces for everyone.

So where are the children of these 4-bed and 5-bed flats going to play? Is our estate going to be their play area?

Our Tower Hamlets councillors are the only people who can stop these buildings going up and stop the massacre of our once-popular Roman Road Market.

They must look at all the petitions and read all the letters, stop sitting on the fence and speak out for the people who elected them.

J Beasley

Vernon-road, Bow

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