Leisure cen­tre is an over-de­vel­op­ment

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

Warrender Way

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