I live right next to the Black House and I am really pleased Tesco are developing the old, derelict and run down Black House. Lets be honest it was an awful pub before it went to the wall. Remember the summer nights of fights in the car park, shouting and swearing until 1am after the lock ins! Ah, those were the days! I can also remember in the 7 years I've lived spitting distance away 3 cars burned out in the car park, something I doubt will happen in a brightly lit Tesco car park with probable security cameras etc!
Already the place looks better with the Japanese Ivy or whatever it was breaking up the dry stone wall that was already falling down.
Just to counter your objections the way I see it as a resident of Windy Nook.
1. Devalue homes: What? More than having a 'dodgy' pub there or a derelict building that is likely to be vandalised (I called the police 2 days after the boards went up as some yobs were steeling the boiler!)
2 & 3. Traffic & Parking: This is not going to be an out of town superstore! It is going to be a local convenience store with the majority of footfall from local people popping in for items they have run out of or forgot to buy on the weekly shop. It will also be useful to the elderly residents who struggle to travel into Felling or further on the bus. From the plans I have seen I believe the parking is adequate due to the probable usage of the store. Maybe, we could get Tesco to improve the Oxberry Gardens and Co-operative Terrace and Carr Hill back lanes that are a disgrace and in desperate need of re-tarmacking and better lighting!
4. Noise: Again, more noise than the dump of a pub that was there? The Pub also had a generator and I doubt the freezer generator will be much noisier as it will be newer and better maintained.
5. Light: I hope they improve the lighting as it is just dangerous at night around there. Especially the back lane of Co-operative Terrance and Oxberry Gardens where there is only one light on the whole lane!
6. Local Businesses: I can see Tesco only affecting one business and that is Windy Nook News and lets be honest is that a problem on the grand scale given that there are only 2 people who may be out of work from that. Tesco will create about 20 new jobs and in this financial climate that is not to be sniffed at in my opinion. I also welcome fresh produce delivered regularly rather than the local milk and bread from Windy Nook News and Wellfield Stores that is off the day after you open it, especially in the summer! I also think it will be a God send if we get snow like the last two years when I couldn't get my car out of the lane and the buses either didn't turn up or went off at 7pm! Really handy for the many elderly residents of the area.
Finally, as the title of this topic states: what should the Black House be if not a Tesco Express?
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