‘Come on Tesco . . . rid us of this mess’

thisisoxfordshire: The Rev Jane Sherwood wants the derelict Fox and Hounds building demolished and the site cleared by Tesco The Rev Jane Sherwood wants the derelict Fox and Hounds building demolished and the site cleared by Tesco

NEIGHBOURS of a derelict pub in South Oxford say the Tesco-owned site has become dangerously run-down and is attracting street drinkers.

They are demanding the supermarket giant clears the land and pushes ahead with its new grocery store immediately.

The Rev Jane Sherwood, vicar of St Luke’s Church in Canning Crescent, even put up a banner outside the pub on Monday which said ‘Welcome to the Olympic Flame. Sorry about the state of this site – it belongs to Tesco’.

She added: “At a Neighbourhood Forum at the church last week, residents complained about the crumbling wall that poses a risk to passers-by, especially children.

“If Tesco is not going to give a timetable for the new store then it should at least go ahead and demolish the pub at the earliest possible opportunity.”

In January, Tesco was given planning permission to open a Tesco Express on the site, with four flats above. But no work has yet been carried out and Tesco has declined to say when contractors will start to demolish the building on the corner of Weirs Lane and Abingdon Road.

Former Cowley car worker Allan Harris, 84, who lives with wife Cecelia Harris, 73, said vegetation at the rear of the pub had damaged a fence separating the site from his back garden.

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He added: “Last year, vegetation grew over my carport and when I asked Tesco to come and clear it away they did.

“Now I want them to come and fix the fence because I want my garden to be properly secure.

“There’s a wall alongside the site in Weirs Lane which is crumbling and needs to be fixed.

“People round here want the pub to be demolished as soon as possible and the store to be built.”

More than 300 people signed a petition backing Tesco’s plans for the pub, which was seriously damaged by a fire in 2009.

Tesco bought the pub in 2008 and had to submit five planning applications before getting permission from the city council’s west area planning committee.

Former HGV driver Jim Webb, 78, who also lives in Weirs Lane, added: “On Wednesday night there were quite a few dossers outside the pub and I heard lots of shouting.

“And a couple of weeks ago there was shouting and swearing in the early hours.”

Tesco spokesman Simon Petar said: “It remains our intention to build the Tesco Express store and we will let residents know when we have more information.

“We will ensure that all necessary maintenance to the site is carried out.”

Mr Petar said once building work started, it would take up to a year to complete.

In April, residents in Faringdon expressed concern when it emerged that Tesco was unlikely to open a store in the town until 2014, despite getting planning permission for the Park Road site last year.

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7:54pm Sat 14 Jul 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

Giz a dozer, I'll do it ;-)
Giz a dozer, I'll do it ;-) Dilligaf2010

11:00pm Sat 14 Jul 12

Headington_angel says...

I do not know what people are complaining about. There are buildings all over Oxford, that yes look an eyesore, yes they are not maintained. But, let's be honest, Abingdon Road is not really a gateway to Oxford!. Sounds to me like yet another too-gooder sticking her nose in to things which does not concern her. As for swearing...shouting.
.. does this not happen everywhere??, no matter where you live..the area will always have faults, my simple answer is accept and put up with...or move out!!
I do not know what people are complaining about. There are buildings all over Oxford, that yes look an eyesore, yes they are not maintained. But, let's be honest, Abingdon Road is not really a gateway to Oxford!. Sounds to me like yet another too-gooder sticking her nose in to things which does not concern her. As for swearing...shouting. .. does this not happen everywhere??, no matter where you live..the area will always have faults, my simple answer is accept and put up with...or move out!! Headington_angel

7:51am Sun 15 Jul 12

saddletramp says...

If all the local people that are whinging,had not objected to the tesco store in the first place,
it would be built by now and not be an eyesore.
If all the local people that are whinging,had not objected to the tesco store in the first place, it would be built by now and not be an eyesore. saddletramp

11:04am Sun 15 Jul 12

xjohnx says...

This is a typical and well known business tactic to deny sites to competitors and perhaps bring an area down.

Maxwell did the same on the Botley road. Buying properties and leaving them to decay so he could buy up surrounding sites.

The area is now a retail park.
This is a typical and well known business tactic to deny sites to competitors and perhaps bring an area down. Maxwell did the same on the Botley road. Buying properties and leaving them to decay so he could buy up surrounding sites. The area is now a retail park. xjohnx

2:37pm Sun 15 Jul 12

Patrick Ward says...

Tesco uses this tactic all the time. When I lived in London Tesco bought up vacant land and left it for some time, preventing competitors from filling a niche. Since I have now returned to Scotland and retired in Dunfermline, Tesco have created havoc in a town-centre site by use of the same tactic, see http://www.dunfermli
nepress.com/news/rou
ndup/articles/2012/0
7/06/431633-ticktock
-tesco-store-wont-op
en-until-october-201
3/ and have disrupted the flow of traffic in and around the area, closing part of Bruce Street, which leads from the Abbey and Palace, and re-routing the main western approach to the city from Stirling, Glasgow and beyond. It seems they are a law unto themselves!
Tesco uses this tactic all the time. When I lived in London Tesco bought up vacant land and left it for some time, preventing competitors from filling a niche. Since I have now returned to Scotland and retired in Dunfermline, Tesco have created havoc in a town-centre site by use of the same tactic, see http://www.dunfermli nepress.com/news/rou ndup/articles/2012/0 7/06/431633-ticktock -tesco-store-wont-op en-until-october-201 3/ and have disrupted the flow of traffic in and around the area, closing part of Bruce Street, which leads from the Abbey and Palace, and re-routing the main western approach to the city from Stirling, Glasgow and beyond. It seems they are a law unto themselves! Patrick Ward

2:37pm Sun 15 Jul 12

Patrick Ward says...

Tesco uses this tactic all the time. When I lived in London Tesco bought up vacant land and left it for some time, preventing competitors from filling a niche. Since I have now returned to Scotland and retired in Dunfermline, Tesco have created havoc in a town-centre site by use of the same tactic, see http://www.dunfermli
nepress.com/news/rou
ndup/articles/2012/0
7/06/431633-ticktock
-tesco-store-wont-op
en-until-october-201
3/ and have disrupted the flow of traffic in and around the area, closing part of Bruce Street, which leads from the Abbey and Palace, and re-routing the main western approach to the city from Stirling, Glasgow and beyond. It seems they are a law unto themselves!
Tesco uses this tactic all the time. When I lived in London Tesco bought up vacant land and left it for some time, preventing competitors from filling a niche. Since I have now returned to Scotland and retired in Dunfermline, Tesco have created havoc in a town-centre site by use of the same tactic, see http://www.dunfermli nepress.com/news/rou ndup/articles/2012/0 7/06/431633-ticktock -tesco-store-wont-op en-until-october-201 3/ and have disrupted the flow of traffic in and around the area, closing part of Bruce Street, which leads from the Abbey and Palace, and re-routing the main western approach to the city from Stirling, Glasgow and beyond. It seems they are a law unto themselves! Patrick Ward

8:46pm Sun 15 Jul 12

docs says...

Headington_angel wrote:
I do not know what people are complaining about. There are buildings all over Oxford, that yes look an eyesore, yes they are not maintained. But, let's be honest, Abingdon Road is not really a gateway to Oxford!. Sounds to me like yet another too-gooder sticking her nose in to things which does not concern her. As for swearing...shouting.

.. does this not happen everywhere??, no matter where you live..the area will always have faults, my simple answer is accept and put up with...or move out!!
Since you live in Headington, you may not see Abingdon Road as a gateway to Oxford.

However, for anyone approaching from the south on the A34 or the Henley Road - rather a lot of people - it absolutely is.
[quote][p][bold]Headington_angel[/bold] wrote: I do not know what people are complaining about. There are buildings all over Oxford, that yes look an eyesore, yes they are not maintained. But, let's be honest, Abingdon Road is not really a gateway to Oxford!. Sounds to me like yet another too-gooder sticking her nose in to things which does not concern her. As for swearing...shouting. .. does this not happen everywhere??, no matter where you live..the area will always have faults, my simple answer is accept and put up with...or move out!![/p][/quote]Since you live in Headington, you may not see Abingdon Road as a gateway to Oxford. However, for anyone approaching from the south on the A34 or the Henley Road - rather a lot of people - it absolutely is. docs

9:13pm Sun 15 Jul 12

Headington_angel says...

docs wrote:
Headington_angel wrote:
I do not know what people are complaining about. There are buildings all over Oxford, that yes look an eyesore, yes they are not maintained. But, let's be honest, Abingdon Road is not really a gateway to Oxford!. Sounds to me like yet another too-gooder sticking her nose in to things which does not concern her. As for swearing...shouting.


.. does this not happen everywhere??, no matter where you live..the area will always have faults, my simple answer is accept and put up with...or move out!!
Since you live in Headington, you may not see Abingdon Road as a gateway to Oxford.

However, for anyone approaching from the south on the A34 or the Henley Road - rather a lot of people - it absolutely is.
I am sure from experience that their are far more direct routes and scenic routes into the centre of Oxford other than the Abingdon Road!. Despite the derelict public house, It has a recycling depot, an old Motorworld showroom which currently is 'Uk Bathroom Warehouse' and has just had planning permission declined to build a Travelodge which would if given the go ahead, made it a Gateway into the city. It is a rat run which is snarled up with traffic every day and full of run down houses, not to mention the abundance of tacky B&B's and student houses. Not what I would call a nice advert for the 'Gateway' to the city!. Maybe the reverent does not like the prices charged in the Nisa shop. For whatever reason, a priest is not going to change matters!.
[quote][p][bold]docs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Headington_angel[/bold] wrote: I do not know what people are complaining about. There are buildings all over Oxford, that yes look an eyesore, yes they are not maintained. But, let's be honest, Abingdon Road is not really a gateway to Oxford!. Sounds to me like yet another too-gooder sticking her nose in to things which does not concern her. As for swearing...shouting. .. does this not happen everywhere??, no matter where you live..the area will always have faults, my simple answer is accept and put up with...or move out!![/p][/quote]Since you live in Headington, you may not see Abingdon Road as a gateway to Oxford. However, for anyone approaching from the south on the A34 or the Henley Road - rather a lot of people - it absolutely is.[/p][/quote]I am sure from experience that their are far more direct routes and scenic routes into the centre of Oxford other than the Abingdon Road!. Despite the derelict public house, It has a recycling depot, an old Motorworld showroom which currently is 'Uk Bathroom Warehouse' and has just had planning permission declined to build a Travelodge which would if given the go ahead, made it a Gateway into the city. It is a rat run which is snarled up with traffic every day and full of run down houses, not to mention the abundance of tacky B&B's and student houses. Not what I would call a nice advert for the 'Gateway' to the city!. Maybe the reverent does not like the prices charged in the Nisa shop. For whatever reason, a priest is not going to change matters!. Headington_angel

2:27am Mon 16 Jul 12

listen2me47 says...

When Tesco finally opens, you know it'll be closed within 6 months, as the people living in the flats above, will complain about it opening late & it being loud.
When Tesco finally opens, you know it'll be closed within 6 months, as the people living in the flats above, will complain about it opening late & it being loud. listen2me47

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