SIR, — We do not need another Tesco in St Albans. We already have the original shop in St Peter s Street in the city centre. The Eversheds site is not in the city centre and cannot even be defined as edge of city centre being 200-300 metres away from it
SIR, - We do not need another Tesco in St Albans. We already have the original shop in St Peter's Street in the city centre. The Eversheds site is not in the city centre and cannot even be defined as "edge of city centre" being 200-300 metres away from it.
Far from boosting local business, it would draw customers away from the popular centuries-old market and divert trade away from the city-centre shops, especially if its plans include additional non-food retail units.
Many independent local shops which give individuality to towns and cities would close down - this has happened in other places.
It is very unlikely that many shoppers would choose a 15-minute walk from Tesco to the city centre, carrying their shopping back to their cars at Tesco.
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There are already Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Morrison's spaced around the city. There is Budgens at Marshalswick and also Iceland, very closed to the Eversheds site. There are two large Tesco stores nearby, at Hatfield and Hemel Hempstead.
Although Tesco have scaled down their plan slightly, it is still too big and quite unsuitable for this area. The Eversheds building is surrounded by small streets of terraced houses which are all part of the Conservation Area. They form part of St Albans' historic heritage and give character to this part of the city, close to London Road. One of the main entrances to the city, London Road is already congested and would become more so if this store were to be built, in spite of the extra lane and traffic lights suggested by Tesco. The whole area would become more polluted with detriment to air quality.
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No more houses in Inkerman Road should be demolished. The houses in London Road, allowed by Tesco to deteriorate, are also in the Conservation Area. They should be repaired and refurbished to keep their original character.
The District Plan currently designates this site for housing. A brownfield site, so conveniently near the City Station, it would be an ideal location for small houses that would fit with the character of the area and be much more suitable than an enormous supermarket. That would be an inappropriate development on an inappropriate site.
Verulam Road, St Albans.