Lidl su­per­store set to be built in town – if pub­lic gives ap­proval

Coun­cil invit­ing com­ments from peo­ple about old swim­ming pool site

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HAYES town cen­tre could be set for a large Lidl su­per­mar­ket if pro­pos­als meet with pub­lic ap­proval.

Hilling­don Coun­cil is invit­ing com­ments from res­i­dents about a new 2,741sqm su­per­mar­ket on a site in Botwell Lane, which was pre­vi­ously home to Hayes Swim­ming Pool.

The Ger­man dis­count store has re­vised its am­bi­tions for the site and sub­mit­ted a new pro­posal in Novem­ber for a larger su­per­mar­ket which it says will cre­ate 40 jobs.

A spokesper­son said: “We are com­mit­ted to open­ing a neigh­bour­hood food store in 2016 and sub­mit­ted a re­vised plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in Novem­ber, which has now been val­i­dated by Lon­don bor­ough Hilling­don.

“The con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod has now started and a de­ci­sion is due by Fe­bru­ary 12. We are look­ing for­ward to the out­come of this and hope to bring a new store to Hayes in the very near fu­ture.”

The su­per­mar­ket would cre­ate 40 jobs and will in­clude 146 free car park­ing spa­ces with 14 des­ig­nated dis­abil­ity spa­ces and 28 elec­tric charg­ing points – 76 spa­ces more than pre­vi­ously sug­gested.

But Botwell ward coun­cil­lor Janet Gard­ner has ex­pressed her wor­ries about the lay­out.

The store’s shopfront will face Botwell Lane and will be ac­cessed by cars from Church Road, with pedes­trian and cy­cle ac­cess from Botwell Lane and Cen­tral Av­enue. the of

Cllr Gard­ner said: “I’m slightly con­cerned that the en­trance and exit will be on Church Road – clearly a sur­vey has not been done as it’s to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

“There is a bus stop, traf­fic is­land and nearby dwellings.

“Why not use Cen­tral Av­enue in­stead, as ve­hi­cles are al­ready us­ing the site for park­ing and this would seem ideal for an en­trance and exit, and the only build­ing op­po­site is the leisure cen­tre.”

Eulette Wil­liams, a Hayes res­i­dent of 38 years, said she would give the su­per­mar­ket ‘a big yes’.

She said: “I am de­lighted with the pro­posed new Lidl in Hayes be­cause it’s a shop that I would definitely use.

“I am a pen­sioner and I don’t drive, so a new Lidl on my doorstep would be most wel­come.

“I’m ex­cited al­ready about the sav­ings that I am go­ing to make on my weekly shop­ping bill. Yes, I ap­pre­ci­ate all the other shops in the vicin­ity, but at the end of the day, it’s all about choices, ac­ces­si­bil­ity and, most of all, bar­gains.

“The site is also quite cen­tral for many bus routes and lo­cal staffing.” ART lovers are be­ing in­vited to view a onewoman ex­hi­bi­tion of silk paint­ings.

Jane Har­ri­son, a for­mer jour­nal­ist with the Eal­ing Gazette, will be ex­hibit­ing her hand-painted silk at the Etz Chayim, North­wood and Pin­ner Lib­eral Syn­a­gogue, in Oak­lands Gate, North­wood, un­til Fe­bru­ary 15.

The gallery is renowned for show­ing work by both pro­fes­sional and ama­teur artists in a range of me­dia.

Jane, from Rick­mansworth, said: “The ap­peal of silk paint­ing is its ver­sa­til­ity and un­pre­dictabil­ity. You can pro­duce a very de­tailed piece or use the vi­brant colours to achieve some­thing bold and ab­stract. I also enjoy the chal­lenge of trans­form­ing some­one’s vi­sion onto the silk and cre­at­ing some­thing unique for each per­son.”

Jane makes ties and scarves, as well as paint­ings, both of which will be on show.

The gallery is open Mon­day to Fri­day from 9am to noon, but check with the of­fice be­fore vis­it­ing on 01923 822 592.

n AP­PLI­CA­TION: The planned su­per­store and (left) coun­cil­lor Janet Gard­ner

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