I've just heard unconfirmed reports that Tesco wants to open a Tesco Express store on the site of the qs clothes shop on the corner of Dorset Gardens and St James's Street. This is awful news in so many ways: it represents an assault on the unique character of St James's Street, and threatens to force rents up, profits down and, ultimately, drive local independent businesses to the wall.
There's loads of facts and figures describing the way Tesco has attacked and undermined local communities and independent traders around the world at Tescopoly - it's well worth a read, not least for the encouraging news of successful community-led efforts to say No! to Tesco elsewhere.
No planning application is required this time - but we can still oppose this.
Perhaps a good first step is to go along to an informal meeting exploring plans to resist Tesco in the London Road area - and trying to broaden the campaign to include St James's Street too. It has been called by Green Councillor Keith Taylor, and takes place at Community Base Conference Room, South Wing, Queens Road tonight at 7pm.
If you can’t come, but would like to keep abreast of developments, watch this space!