Leisure centre is an over-development
I AGREE with David Seaman’s letter regarding the ARLA redevelopment at South Ruislip (Gazette, Jan 1).
I find it incredulous that the residents of South Ruislip actually want an enormous leisure complex right on their doorstep.
The obvious place for a leisure centre is in a town centre not in a residential area. South Ruislip is not a town but a residential area.
There are already excellent leisure facilities in nearby Harrow and Uxbridge. Furthermore, Harrow and Uxbridge already have the advantage of having an abundance of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars; the proposed new development will have to compete with these.
Whilst there will be the inevitable first flush of enthusiasm for the complex, mainly due to curiosity, I have serious doubts as to whether it will be sustainable.
We already have a Sainsbury’s in South Ruislip – we don’t need an Asda as well, and do we really want five new restaurants all on the same site competing for the same custom?
If all of this wasn’t bad enough, I now understand that the former Focus DIY and Land of Leather sites are going to be redeveloped into an Aldi and B&M stores.
Victoria Road is already a very busy road and the new complex will cause traffic chaos as well as noise and pollution.
The proposed complex is a classic example of over-development on an inappropriate site. I’m just grateful that I don’t live in that part of Ruislip.
A far better use for the site would be to make it completely residential, after all, we are always being told that we need more homes. JOHN NEUMULLER