Bringing People Together
Clarification please on the meeting time and place?
I can, in part, understand your scepticism but for many people this application could have a profound impact.
There is, of course, the issue of affecting small, independent traders.
There is also the impact on the residents of Oldfield Road who already have a great deal of traffic going to and fro from the industrial unit up the road. Will they welcome more two mini articulated deliveries each day? Will they, moreover, welcome another early opening, late closing retailer at the end of their road?
And what of the impact on the school children from Hampton Juniors who make use of the playing fields on Oldfield Road. There is the impact of greater traffic volumes to take into account.
And these are just the negative angles. What of the positives? I can see why people may well say 'Yes please!' to a Waitrose in Hampton and still support the local community. More jobs in this day and age is nothing to be sniffed at.
There are a wealth of varying opinions to be heard and it is important that all are heard, hence the meeting. Happening right here in Hampton, not over in Twickenham.
Having looked at the plans for Waitrose at Field House I feel they are very positive. The creation of jobs for our area can only be a good thing. Their fruit and veg is always good quaility and the staff are always pleasant. Also there are a lot of people without cars who would be delighted with a quality shop on their doorsteps.
I know it is direct competition for Hampton Supermarket but can anyone honestly say they do all their shopping there or the prices and food quality are good. I used to wonder why milk bought from there never lasted long; then I noticed that some of it was stored tucked away OUTSIDE of the fridge! Hence I never buy milk there. And I have seen St John's staff handlling fruit and veg after wiping their noses on the palms of their hands after sneezing! Amazing what you see early morning waiting for the bus.
So, before you dismiss Waitrose; THINK - can any one of you HONESTLY state that you do ALL of your shopping in the small shops around the village? I don't - I can't afford to and with limited availability of fruit and veg and vegetarian products we would be on very meagre rations.
Tuesday 3rd May, 7pm at The Beaveree
I have just read this article...interesting positives about the store in the north. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/leeds_feels_...
Thanks for this.
What an interesting article. I know the issue is bound to divide many but I do think it is worth considering if there is a way that we could make the situation work - if for example, Waitrose won their change of use.
I hear a lot about Waitrose working with the local community - and obviously it wouldn't want to be surrounded by empty shops - so it would be in its interests to work with the village. I am wondering, somewhat optimistically admittedly, if we could work with them to encourge them to offer products and services that complement what the village already offers and not compete with existing businsses.
For example, if they could offer
sauces, condiments, etc
health and beauty etc
and not offer
perhaps we could end up with the perfect mix in Hampton. Plus it would create the equivalent of 93 full time jobs in the local community.
I realise I am being incredibly optimistic but there may be some room for manoeuvre if they are succesful. But I fear that unless we could persuade Waitrose to alter its offer - Stedmans, St Johns, Shauns, Grimditch, Asters, Cavan, Everydays and our lovely Cheese and Wine shop would feel the impact.
I look forward to the meeting but I do think, given my recent introduction to planning rules in this borough, that it will be hard to oppose change of use. Although having said that, we didn't expect to win the first round with KFC and we did! Planning rules seem a tad unpredictable.
There are lots of empty office sites in Hampton which could be used by Waitrose to justify the change of use . As for the parking issue, you could argue that an office would also need that many spaces.
And of course, Waitrose could simply buy another site in Hampton with existing A1 use for example and no one could stop them. As new buildings go up, and I hear that the Mercedes garage is being closed and sold, developers are increasingly redeveloping residential sites to include a ground floor retail site in their plans. So even if we oppose this change of use, Waitrose may end up at another location in the village.
Plus, unfortunately I have been made aware that Tesco has a shopping list and both Hampton and Hampton Hill are on it. So even if we fight off Waitrose, it is inevitable with all the new house building in the area other supermarkets will be targetting our village. I think Waitrose is undoubtedly the best of the bunch and the most likely to listen and work with the local community.
I am quite conflicted over this issue, but will concur with the consensus of everyone in the village. See you at the meeting.
Good to hear from the experienced retailers that you should not be afraid of healthy competition; Shoddy Service/retail should not be defended.
Im sure once the other parties hear whats going on, they will surely defend this Waitrose initiative....if they have not already made their presence felt.
Thanks for your comments, I wouldn't say I was weakening as such. Then again that's the life of the politician, when you stick to your guns you're told you're not listening, when you try to meet opinion halfway you're weakening!
I still believe that a supermarket with 40 parking spaces would have an incredibly adverse impact on local village shops, many of which are really feeling the pinch at the moment. On the other hand I can certainly appreciate why people think there are benefits and actually agree with many of the points raised.
That's why I say it's important to get as many views as possible; I don't make the law in Hampton we all do.
Good point about rail users. Most major supermarkets limit the parking time for shoppers, but that requires some parking wardens - perhaps the Cricket Lane clampers would like the job!
I sympathise with the traffic problem (one of the downsides of living close to an industrial estate), but I don't have an answer to it. This is complicated by the congestion caused when the railway gates are closed. The Council could require Waitrose to include some traffic management provision as part of the planning agreement, but I don't know what form this would take in order to alleviate the problem. Perhaps other HPN followers have some ideas?