A year or so ago, Tesco made a planning application to convert a former bank in my area into one of their Express convenience stores. I do love that word. Convenience. Convenient for whom? There’s already a perfectly good Co-operative shop on the very same street. We don’t need a Tesco here.
A year later, Tesco are at it again. They’ve resubmitted their planning application in spite of their failure in the face of local opposition the last time they tried it.
I’m ready to fight it again. The likes of Tesco are out to destroy the soul of communities like Whitchurch and Llandaff North. If they succeed, all that’ll be left will be a bunch of charity shops and take-aways.
Llandaff North is the closest shopping area to my home. I’m more than happy with the Co-op, which I happen to think is far superior to Tesco in every regard. I opposed the planning proposal last time they tried it and I’ll do so again. Don’t assume that just because only 20 people turned up to the badly-publicised community meeting the other night that the locals aren’t against it. I can show you dozens of my friends who are. Unfortunately some of us have families and can’t come to a public meeting at the drop of a hat. I only found out about the meeting the day before it took place.
Cardiff Council will do their best to avoid notifying local residents about proposed changes such as this. I’m not surprised a lot of people haven’t received the notification: I haven’t.
They tried to turn my street into a conservation area, in spite of the fact that it was already a hotch-potch of different architectural and structural styles. My neighbours and I challenged the council, held them to account and we forced them to back down.
My mother fought the Tesco planning applications in Birchgrove, along with a committed group of residents, and they won too. I’m confident we can win again. The traffic congestion and safety issues in Llandaff North are particularly serious and if the council doesn’t consider them then they are even more incompetent than I thought.
There’s no reason why we can’t win again. Stand up and fight.
This is a guest post from Dan Allsobrook he is a resident of Whitchurch and by day an IT manager in Cardiff. By night I can be found on Twitter @eggynewydd and @gwladrugby and on my blog, Whither Wales. I’m also a member of the editorial team at Gwladrugby.com, the popular and proudly unofficial Welsh rugby fans’ social network.