|Roxburgh Road c 1912|
Before I collapse in a heap, I would like to give proper credit to all of you, who proved that a small determined community can take on a giant supermarket chain and win.
Last year it was Sainsbury in the Canterbury Road. Tonight it was Tesco but this was, once again, a real victory for community spirit at its finest and we will see if, following today's shock financial results for Tesco, whether it will appeal the decision of the planning committee and the very clear message, sent by our energetic band of residents here in Westgate.
Thank you everyone who made my own role as a lobbying councillor a little easier, by protesting in the street, preparing and collating petitions and Facebook pages, using professional skills to build 3D models or investigate any legal basis or planning argument to lead the objection in the council chamber this evening.
|Station Road C 1905|
While the conservation area and Station Road isn't safe for another century, it's safe for a while at least and I have one very important request to make to all our traders and businesses in the town.
We aren't living in a museum but we do want to preserve the unique character of our town and that precludes being buried under a mound of cheap and garish PVC. If and where, out-of-keeping materials on shop facades and buildings are used that dilute or alter Westgate's unique Victorian character it becomes so much easier for the planning department, under new guidelines, to roll over the objections to preserve our heritage. If we want to keep Westgate special and respect its past, then collectively, an effort will have to be made to protect its future and the canopied shopping in Station Road.
Please help me as one of your councillors to continue to work to safeguard the character of the town for future generations to enjoy.