Lidl superstore set to be built in town – if public gives approval
Council inviting comments from people about old swimming pool site
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