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Belsize Village is no place for the greedy supermarket people

05 October, 2017

• I SHOULD stress that my business would not be affected by the arrival of a supermarket in Belsize Village, after all I sell art (Help save the Village, September 28).

But a supermarket in the former XO premises would destroy the village.

I am someone who simply likes being in Belsize Village because it has a good, friendly vibe. I like that I know people to say hello to in the street; I like that people drop in for a chat on a regular basis, whether they are interested in buying anything or not; I like that small people drop in and give me pictures that they have made. This is a personal and special place not a high street.

It is a community of residents and businesses unlike almost anywhere else in London. The Late Late Store will not be able to compete; Crescent Fruiterers will cease to trade and the ambience of this unique enclave in the middle of one of the biggest and most exciting cities in the world will disappear.

There is a Waitrose within easy walking distance and a Budgens similarly in the opposite direction. Furthermore there is a whopping great big Sainsbury’s nearby in the O2 centre with a huge car park for those who need one.

There is only one reason why any supermarket wants to move into the village and that is greed. They do not understand the bigger picture; they do not care about the idea of community; they do not belong here.

Sylvester Fine Art
Belsize Lane, NW3


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