Killing jobs and preparing the way for Tescos
Notting Hill Housing Trust have submitted a plan for a six storey building to be erected at the Westgate Centre. That site has been designated as a Priority Employment Area by Hackney Council. To get round this, the developers (Notting Hill Housing Trust) have proposed that the ground floor of the development should be offices.
Office space that has been built in the immediate area has been extremely difficult to let.
After being empty for a period the Council has been allowing offices to be converted into other uses, including retail. Recently, the Council allowed a change of use to the offices at 24/47 Mare Street, without consulting Broadway market traders, which will permit a Sainsbury’s to open there this year. The office space on Westgate Street at the Triangle, opposite the Westgate Centre, has remained empty of businesses since it was built.
Tescos would love to get a unit at Westgate which could kill the businesses on Broadway Market who have made the area the success it is.
The Westgate Centre has provided a home to many small and start-up businesses all providing much needed employment and has co-existed in harmony with the residents of the area for many years.
Small businesses at the Westgate Centre, many of which directly serve the local community (e.g: Rebel Rebel, Doorstep Laundry, Dog Villas etc..), will find it extremely hard, if not impossible, to find local accommodation as work units with parking spaces are in extremely short supply in Hackney.
Let your voice be heard and say NO to the Westgate redevelopment.
Comments by 12/01/2012 to Russell.Smith@hackney.gov.uk or to comment and view the application go to http://easteight.com/163642