Razing the big issue at Archway

IWRITE to express my deep concern and shock that Islington Concil apparently intends to redevelop Archway with a big retail shop like Tescos. Such a shop is neither needed nor wanted and will destroy the thriving smaller foodshops which already include a

IWRITE to express my deep concern and shock that Islington Concil apparently intends to redevelop Archway with a big retail shop like Tescos. Such a shop is neither needed nor wanted and will destroy the thriving smaller foodshops which already include a Co-operative, Nisa, Sainsburys and Budgens as well as many local corner-store retailers.

Although the Archway area needs refurbishment, this is not the way to go about it - especially in opposition to local residents.

The Victorian high street on Junction Road, while 'run down' is the essence of local character and should be retained. Restoration and refubishment rather than razing is what is needed.

I am also concerned about the treat to Whittington Hospital's A&E department which provides a crucial local service to all areas north of Hampstead Heath. Although the Royal Free is close (as the crow flies) when there is traffic it could take upwards of an hour to travel around the Heath to the A&E department at the Royal Free.

Suzanne Newcombe

Bovingdon Close, N19