Morrisons: Why is ex-Mayor supporting failure to replace like for like’?

PUBLISHED: 09:39 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:34 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, I AM appalled at Cllr Ann Jackson’s comments in the latest Bow West Labour flyer. Why is the ex-Mayor speaking in support of developers who only want to profit from Tower Hamlets council’s failure to replace our Morrisons-Safeway’s supermarket like for like’?

Dear Editor,

I AM appalled at Cllr Ann Jackson's comments in the latest Bow West Labour flyer.

Why is the ex-Mayor speaking out in support of developers who only want to profit from Tower Hamlets council's failure to replace our Morrisons-Safeway's supermarket 'like for like'?

She knows she can't win the argument on the facts. The development is three times over the official density guidelines.

It's going to overshadow surrounding buildings on all sides. There aren't enough buses, GPs and schools in the area to support all the new people (in the flats proposed above the new supermarket).

So what we get is yet more spin, conveniently sent only to residents who don't know the full story.

If you are directly affected by the proposed Roman Road development and take an interest, the 'thought police' are busy.

If you thought two times two equals four, they'll set you right-it's five!

Official guidelines say that the transport level in this part of Bow is a lowly one. The planning report says three.

Surrounding buildings are two to four storeys high. Tower Hamlets council told the London Development Authority "four to six."

Planning permission has not been granted-but the police here were told it was, and passed on the 'new truth' to local residents.

The Local Area Partnership, set up by the Town Hall to comment on local issues, wanted to discuss it. They weren't allowed to.

One of our neighbours has been particularly hard-working and vocal in putting forward residents' views. By a 'complete coincidence' he has just received a worrying letter from the council putting into question building work done three years ago.

Everyone who lives here knows that the old Morrisons-Safeway's supermarket was a very busy, profitable business. It isn't news to us that Tesco's want to be in on the site.

What's a surprise is that the supermarket is being used as an excuse to foist a huge, unwanted development on us that Tower Hamlets council is determined to railroad it through.

Tony Gould

Cardigan-road, Bow

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