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A Very Sad Day for Local Democracy

The opening of the Tesco Express store in Furze Platt is indeed a very sad day for local democracy. The vast majority of local residents, through petitions, surveys, public meetings and letters of objection have made it very clear that they are opposed to the opening of this store.

We hope that our supporters and local people will boycott this store as it is the only way left for us to protest against this unwanted development. We truly hope that our pedestrian and traffic safety concerns are not realised and that Tesco prove to be a good neighbour, something they have failed to demonstrate so far.

The FPAG is currently working on a number of exciting projects, with National and Government organisations, to change the planning laws in order to protect pubs from suffering the same fate as the Golden Harp. The campaign is far from over and we will continue to push for change.

Action groups around the country are coming to us for advice and using our data and legal experience to protect their communities and so our campaign has grown beyond just saving the Golden Harp, local businesses and the Post Office.

We have also set up a Residents’ Committee to monitor the site to ensure that Tesco do not breach any of the conditions imposed on them at the Appeal Hearing in October 2013.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the campaign so far and look forward to working with you, and the ever growing number of like-minded people around the country, in the future.

Mark Newcombe
Chairman FPAG

2014-06-03 Boycott Tesco

Furze Platt Residents to Boycott Tesco

Click here for the full results of the Golden Harp Residents’ Survey (pdf 443kb)

Press Release

The results of the Furze Platt Action Group’s Survey of residents, who will be affected by the Tesco Express which is due to open, shortly, at the Golden Harp Public House site in Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, have just been released. The overall results were :-

  • 94% of residents are concerned about the increase in traffic and/or risk of accidents when the Tesco Express opens and are concerned about the safety of children walking to and from school.

and

  • 79% said they would boycott the Tesco Express.

Views on what could or should be done were somewhat more mixed:-

  • 57% wanted traffic calming in Courthouse Road, with 22% against and 22% not sure.
  • 67% wanted width restrictions, with 21% against and 12% not sure.
  • 91% wanted loading restrictions and yellow lines around the Golden Harp site to prevent delivery trucks or customers from parking or waiting on the roads.
  • 70% thought there should be free parking permits for residents and their visitors where they lived close to the Golden Harp.

Residents also expressed their views on the potential loss of the Post Office.

  • 95% were concerned about the loss of the Post Office, if the Best One shop closed as a result of the opening of Tesco Express.

and about the use of permitted development rights to convert the pub to a store without a full planning application, meaning factors such as traffic safety could not be taken into full consideration.

  • 94% wanted a change in planning law so that full planning permission should have to be obtained.  

Whilst the views of residents in the immediate area ( Courthouse Road, Furze Platt Road, Linden Avenue, Oaken Grove  varied slightly from the overall results they were not significantly different.

Many of the residents were scathing in their individual comments criticising Tesco for going ahead with this store given the overwhelming opposition against it.

Mark Newcombe, the Chairman of the Furze Platt Action Group, reflecting on the survey, said:

“Thames Valley Police have already expressed their concern about the impact of this store on what is a busy junction. The Furze Platt Action Group will be working with the Royal Borough and looking to the Council to bring forward plans to deal with what will undoubtedly be a chaotic and dangerous situation for local residents and their children.”

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead thanked the FPAG for organising the survey and said the results were very informative.  The council added:

“We are very keen to continue our constructive work with local residents to help deal with a number of their concerns. Several highway improvements and management controls have already been put in place to prevent parking and loading abuses. However, we are always willing to look at further proposals, including the possibility of a residents’ parking permits scheme, although that would require formal consultation on the creation of a residents’ parking zone.”

Regarding residents’ desire for a change in the planning law, the council added:

“We continue to give consideration to how our planning policies can best address residents’ frustrations within national planning regulations.”

Note to editors;
600 questionnaires were delivered in the local area and could be completed by paper or online at http://www.savetheharp.co.uk. 166 returns were received ie 28%, an extraordinary response for such a survey. 76 of those returns were from the immediate area ie Courthouse Road/Furze Platt Road/ Linden Avenue/ Oaken Grove.

Tesco’s Premises Licence Application Successful

We would like to thank everyone who wrote in to object to Tesco’s Premises Licence application and all those that supported our efforts to curtail their plans to sell alcohol during all of their opening hours.

Sadly the licensing laws are heavily stacked in favour of the applicant. The panel’s decision allows Tesco to sell alcohol during their opening hours from 06:00am to 11:00pm every day of the year.

Without evidence of anti-social behaviour, public nuisance, under-age alcohol sales etc. at the Golden Harp site nothing could be done to stop them or place conditions on their licence. Obviously there is no evidence because the store has not opened yet.

Tesco’s lawyer said that Tesco’s policy towards consulting with residents has moved towards not bothering. It is a consideration that they need not take as far as the law is concerned. They will continue open their stores whether we like it or not.

We will continue to fight for the rights of the residents and collect evidence for a review of their Premises Licence at some point in the future.

Truths, Lies and Rumours

The Disappointing Truth
Tesco have started work on the Golden Harp, and they aim to open it as a Tesco Express in May

Tesco poster at the Golden Harp - 29th Jan 2014

Tesco poster at the Harp – 29 Jan 2014

The Lie

Tesco poster at the Golden Harp - 29th Jan 2014

Tesco poster at the Harp – 29 Jan 2014

The community has always been overwhelmingly against the conversion of the Golden Harp into a Tesco Express, and Tesco’s behaviour over the last year does not support the claim made by their poster.

In December, the Maidenhead Advertiser reported: “Tesco says it will update the community once it has a clearer timetable for starting work”. But Tesco haven’t done that, despite starting work and fixing an opening date.


The Rumour

Apparently, Tesco have their eyes on another TWO sites in Maidenhead – can they really need FIVE stores in Maidenhead?


Tell Tesco what you think about all of this

Tesco poster at the Golden Harp - 29th Jan 2014

Tesco poster at the Harp – 29 Jan 2014