Tesco a step closer to high-profile spot

Oxford Mail: Sam Green Sam Green

PLANS to convert a shop into the sixth supermarket on Headington’s London Road are under consideration by the city council.

The East Area Planning committee will meet next week and has been recommended to approve plans to extend the site on 83-85 London Road.

Tesco put in planning applications to install a cash machine and a shop front at the proposed site.

But Sam Green, 25, pictured, who co-manages the Oxford Furniture Warehouse on London Road with her mother Chris Green, is furious that there will be another supermarket in the area.

The Greens previously had their business on the London Road site. But they were given an eviction notice in September to vacate it and had to move to new premises along the road just two weeks before Christmas.

Miss Green said: “There’s far too many supermarkets. We don’t need another one. We were due to be in that premises until 2015.

“So because Tesco moved in early, we lost a few sales over the Christmas period. I don’t think Headington needs a Tesco.

“It is a case of supermarket wars. As soon as Sainsbury’s came in, they thought they needed to come in quickly.”

The business is frustrated with the number of supermarkets moving into Headington, which now has Morrisons, Londis, the Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.

Miss Green added: “Because the supermarkets are so big and powerful, they can afford to move in where they want.”

But Headington Action chairman Patrick Coulter said: “There seems to be a surfeit of supermarkets which many people are unhappy about, but it is difficult to control under current planning rules.”

In the report published ahead of the council meeting, planning officer Kerrie Gaughan said: “The proposals are considered to represent development appropriate to the Headington district shopping centre, in terms of design and street scene, highway safety, crime prevention, and noise and disturbance.”

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The officer has recommended that planning permission be approved by the city council.

Beth Greenhouse, corporate affairs manager of Tesso, said: “We would like to open an Express store on London Road.

“The store would offer up to 20 jobs and recruitment will be done locally. We believe this would be an excellent site for an Express and have been pleased to hear from many residents who welcome our plans.”

The planning meeting will be held on Thursday at the Town Hall.

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6:06pm Sat 3 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

I could quite imagine the Co-op closing.
Waitrose temporarily moving in to the Co-op site.
Major mixed redevelopment of the Waitrose site to improve the customer experience and build new apartments. Waitrose purchasing the current car-park from the council.
Waitrose move back in.
Demolition of the heritage Co-op site and redevelopment with retirement apartments above and a Co-op nursery on the ground floor.

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I could quite imagine the Co-op closing. Waitrose temporarily moving in to the Co-op site. Major mixed redevelopment of the Waitrose site to improve the customer experience and build new apartments. Waitrose purchasing the current car-park from the council. Waitrose move back in. Demolition of the heritage Co-op site and redevelopment with retirement apartments above and a Co-op nursery on the ground floor. . Andrew:Oxford
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11:54pm Sat 3 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

Strange that into the last few weeks toward the City Council elections, the article didn't have comment from any of the current City Councillors or Candidates - or did I miss that paragraph with pictures of ever-grinning local politicians kissing ****? As for the much-maligned East Oxford Planning, their current views on the proposed new Tesco site only strengthens the public's views on politically- led City Council staff. Although some of Labour's City Councillors are happy to join the picket and protest lines in support of trade unionists, it seems they don't really care about what council tax payers and local voters actually want - with Temple Cowley Pool remaining a prime example of City Council double-standards and an innane desire to tell people what will happen, not listen to what people want to see happen in their commumities, using their money and affecting their lives. Headington needs yet more supermarkets like Blackbird Leys needs even more empty buses running around in pairs to clog-up the roads of Oxford every four minutes!
Strange that into the last few weeks toward the City Council elections, the article didn't have comment from any of the current City Councillors or Candidates - or did I miss that paragraph with pictures of ever-grinning local politicians kissing ****? As for the much-maligned East Oxford Planning, their current views on the proposed new Tesco site only strengthens the public's views on politically- led City Council staff. Although some of Labour's City Councillors are happy to join the picket and protest lines in support of trade unionists, it seems they don't really care about what council tax payers and local voters actually want - with Temple Cowley Pool remaining a prime example of City Council double-standards and an innane desire to tell people what will happen, not listen to what people want to see happen in their commumities, using their money and affecting their lives. Headington needs yet more supermarkets like Blackbird Leys needs even more empty buses running around in pairs to clog-up the roads of Oxford every four minutes! Myron Blatz
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11:57pm Sat 3 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

Strange that into the last few weeks toward the City Council elections, the article didn't have comment from any of the current City Councillors or Candidates - or did I miss that paragraph with pictures of ever-grinning local politicians? As for the much-maligned East Oxford Planning, their current views on the proposed new Tesco site only strengthens the public's views on politically- led City Council staff. Although some of Labour's City Councillors are happy to join the picket and protest lines in support of trade unionists, it seems they don't really care about what council tax payers and local voters actually want - with Temple Cowley Pool remaining a prime example of City Council double-standards and an innane desire to tell people what will happen, not listen to what people want to see happen in their commumities, using their money and affecting their lives. Headington needs yet more supermarkets like Blackbird Leys needs even more empty buses running around in pairs to clog-up the roads of Oxford every four minutes!
Strange that into the last few weeks toward the City Council elections, the article didn't have comment from any of the current City Councillors or Candidates - or did I miss that paragraph with pictures of ever-grinning local politicians? As for the much-maligned East Oxford Planning, their current views on the proposed new Tesco site only strengthens the public's views on politically- led City Council staff. Although some of Labour's City Councillors are happy to join the picket and protest lines in support of trade unionists, it seems they don't really care about what council tax payers and local voters actually want - with Temple Cowley Pool remaining a prime example of City Council double-standards and an innane desire to tell people what will happen, not listen to what people want to see happen in their commumities, using their money and affecting their lives. Headington needs yet more supermarkets like Blackbird Leys needs even more empty buses running around in pairs to clog-up the roads of Oxford every four minutes! Myron Blatz
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12:15am Sun 4 May 14

my,say says...

All I can say is money talks. What supermarket want's they get.
All I can say is money talks. What supermarket want's they get. my,say
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5:14am Sun 4 May 14

The New Private Eye says...

Thank god for that, at least we now have a choice of proper shops in our little parade, instead of a choice of charity shops. Tesco will bring value, and force prices down for us shoppers, whilst paying top dollar in tax and business rates. it is win, win for us all.
Thank god for that, at least we now have a choice of proper shops in our little parade, instead of a choice of charity shops. Tesco will bring value, and force prices down for us shoppers, whilst paying top dollar in tax and business rates. it is win, win for us all. The New Private Eye
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9:20am Sun 4 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Strange that into the last few weeks toward the City Council elections, the article didn't have comment from any of the current City Councillors or Candidates - or did I miss that paragraph with pictures of ever-grinning local politicians kissing ****? As for the much-maligned East Oxford Planning, their current views on the proposed new Tesco site only strengthens the public's views on politically- led City Council staff. Although some of Labour's City Councillors are happy to join the picket and protest lines in support of trade unionists, it seems they don't really care about what council tax payers and local voters actually want - with Temple Cowley Pool remaining a prime example of City Council double-standards and an innane desire to tell people what will happen, not listen to what people want to see happen in their commumities, using their money and affecting their lives. Headington needs yet more supermarkets like Blackbird Leys needs even more empty buses running around in pairs to clog-up the roads of Oxford every four minutes!
It's not strange at all. We're into a "Purdah" period prior to the local elections..
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Strange that into the last few weeks toward the City Council elections, the article didn't have comment from any of the current City Councillors or Candidates - or did I miss that paragraph with pictures of ever-grinning local politicians kissing ****? As for the much-maligned East Oxford Planning, their current views on the proposed new Tesco site only strengthens the public's views on politically- led City Council staff. Although some of Labour's City Councillors are happy to join the picket and protest lines in support of trade unionists, it seems they don't really care about what council tax payers and local voters actually want - with Temple Cowley Pool remaining a prime example of City Council double-standards and an innane desire to tell people what will happen, not listen to what people want to see happen in their commumities, using their money and affecting their lives. Headington needs yet more supermarkets like Blackbird Leys needs even more empty buses running around in pairs to clog-up the roads of Oxford every four minutes![/p][/quote]It's not strange at all. We're into a "Purdah" period prior to the local elections.. Andrew:Oxford
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10:51am Sun 4 May 14

mytaxes says...

Why are people in Headdington always complaining? I remember they seemed to think the world was coming to an end when they heard a kebab shop would open.
Why are people in Headdington always complaining? I remember they seemed to think the world was coming to an end when they heard a kebab shop would open. mytaxes
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