Fourth time unlucky for Sainsburys in Blackstock Road?
Campaigners worry independent traders will be kicked out
08 March, 2019 — By Helen Chapman
Campaigners at the police station on Sunday
A NEW protest has been staged in a bid to stop Sainsbury’s opening a store in Highbury, writes Helen Chapman.
The supermarket chain has made a fourth attempt to build a Local store at Highbury Vale police station site in Blackstock Road.
Neighbours and shop- keepers who gathered at the site on Sunday warned that a new store would drive out independent traders and cause traffic problems with deliveries.
Multiple applications for planning permission have been rejected by the council and the planning inspectorate since 2015.
Campaigner Christopher Spurrier said: “This is not an anti-supermarket protest. We all use supermarkets, but Sainsbury’s have ignored the wishes of our community. Standing up to them is an issue for local democracy. We all have a right to protect the shops and businesses we care about.”
Green Councillor Caroline Russell, who is campaigning against the store opening, said: “It is inspiring to see the community rallying round once again to show support for our local high street and telling Sainsbury’s they are not welcome on Blackstock Road with their business model that involves cluttering footways with cages while their lorries block buses.”
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “Last year Islington Borough Council refused our application for a new Local on Highways grounds. We have appealed this decision.”