Since I was assuming that the opening of 216 Kennington Road as a Tesco was a virtual certainty (and the owners of Aby Convenience Store at 297 Kennington Road seem to have assumed thus, since they've shut up shop), I've not been taking much notice of the endless letters Lambeth Council keep sending out. I was just assuming that the store would soon open. There appears to have been a slight delay though, so I've just been leafing back through correspondence to figure out what's happening.
A letter on 22nd July noted that Gallagher wished to extend the opening hours by two hours (from 7:00 - 21:00 to 7:00 - 23:00) 7 days a week. A second letter on 27th July corrected the first letter, which had omitted to mention that the extended opening times would apply seven days a week, and which added that the application would not be heard at the Planning Committee on 4 August 2010, but would be heard at the next possible date.
In the meantime, I've received a third letter which notifies of a Planning Appeal to the Secretary of State contesting hours of operation and deliveries on Bank and Public Holidays. If you wish to comment in favour of the appeal (against extended opening) or against the appeal (in support of extended opening), you must quote reference APP/N5660/A/10/2130094, send three copies of your comments (by 31 August 2010) to:
The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/19,
Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House
2 The Square, Temple Quay
Bristol, BS1 6PN
Alternatively, you can make your comments online at: www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs
So, I presume the thing will open in the end, but whether it will open from 7am to 11pm each day is under dispute. One recent Tweet sent my way complained that there were no cash points between Elephant and Kennington Tesco, so if they do have to open a Tesco, let's hope they'll think to install a free cash point. It would be useful to have one in the centre of Kennington.
Meanwhile, I notice that Ladbrokes and Pizza Express have both received a lick of paint and external improvements, and Kennington Cross is looking quite polished at the moment.
Quick - the pot of gold is in Kennington -
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