Saturday, 6 February 2010
Word reaches me that Tesco have taken over the old Barnet Marine shop at Greenhill Parade. Having checked the Land Registry database, Tesco have indeed taken a lease on the property. My question to Tesco is why are they developing a new shop when they have been sitting on a derelict property at 7-9 Victoria Road in New Barnet for 10 months but have failed to develop. Tesco refused to accept the judgement of Barnet Council and appealed to the Planning Inspectorate on the Victoria Raod property. With a slick barrister and an expensive team of advisors they managed to win planning consent. You would have expected them to start work pretty quickly, but no, the building continues to be in a dangerous, tumbled down state. The state of 15 East Barnet Road is an appalling eyesore, which they also own. Tesco are bad neighbours and seem to be oblivious to the continuing blight they are causing in New Barnet.