August 2018: BELSIZE VILLAGE UNDER SERIOUS THREAT
Belsize Village is Under Threat
Photo: Nerali Patel
Do you remember the XO bar and restaurant?
The Village is under threat Belsize Village has lost yet another community asset following the closure of XO in Belsize Lane. Belsize Village is proud to be home to many local independent businesses. We do not need or want any more development in our beautiful village.
The Village does not want to lose out to a faceless corporation. Please help to keep our local businesses as they have been for many years – an integral part of our community. Please Sign the Petition.
The Late Late store is supplied by the Co-op – so they will be in competition with themselves!
Please object to Camden Council and say No to the Co-op licence
We are in danger of loosing our long-serving and trusted traders like Crescent Fruiterers and the village Late Late store.
This proposed Co-op store will affect Crescent Fruiterers, the Late Late Store and Ronis Deli as well as other businesses. Huge delivery trucks will congest our small roads especially in conjunction with the school traffic.
Large trucks unloading outside the old XO restaurant premises will cause congestion and produce more waste for disposal
Local Councillors plan to meet Co-op representatives the week of 27th August. Key questions that will be asked include:
– Why has the Co-op management selected this location in Belsize Village?
– Have they actually signed the lease?
– Is opening a Co-op store dependent on obtaining an alcohol licence?
– Has anyone from the Co-op actually visited the site and seen the narrow road?
– Does the Co-op management realise that the Late Late store is a member of the Nisa group?
– Because the Co-op will be completing against themselves. Co-op branded products are now supplying Nisa outlets following the recent link-up between the two groups.
To help preserve our local traders businesses you may wish to write to Camden Licensing dept to object to the Co-Op licence application in Belsize Village by going to:
enter licensing application number: 091555
The details are: Co Operative
29 Belsize Lane London NW3 5AS
Premises - New Licence
Please object by 13 September 2018 and do please Sign the Change.org Petition
See Licence Application details here
The Late Late store – a word from Aamir
The Late Late store has been serving local residents and the Belsize Village community for over 50 years. We have seen the village grow and prosper into the joyous community it is today. Local residents who walk through our doors are welcomed seven days a week and not only are they our customers but they are considered our friends and family.
We have built a reputation within the community to not just provide a service but try our utmost to go above and beyond for our customers which is what we feel the community of Belsize village stands for; a joint family who love, trust and care for each other. Unfortunately with the Co-op store moving into the Village, it is more than likely that small business' such as ours will be negatively effected and in most cases will be forced to shut down.
As many of our residents are aware, with large corporate supermarkets it is almost impossible to build the same type of connection that residents of the village share with us and our neighbouring stores. Knowing our customers and the community on a first name basis, and appreciating what they stand for has been pinnacle in keeping our business running and striving to serve them as best that we can.
The Late Late store and our neighbouring businesses have always aimed to look after the children within the area and have seen many of them grow from youngsters into the commendable adults they are today. We have always strived to keep Belsize Village clean and free from pollution. We therefore urge you to stand together against this large corporate giant that seeks to destroy what our community stands for.
See also Ham&High: Locals worry new Co-op could ruin life in Belsize Village as shop eyes former XO site
and Camden New Journal: Concerns for the local fabric of Belsize following Co-op purchase