The North Pole is an historic pub on the corner of Latimer Road and North Pole Road, but now, it is sadly boarded up. There had been rumours for some time that firstly Sainsbury ‘s were interested in the site, but now there are plans to turn the pub into a Tesco Express store.
The word now is that Tesco’s have taken a 20-year lease on the ground floor and basement from Riding House Investments and are currently seeking planning permission for new fascia signs, plus a shop front and some external work in Latimer Road.
There was some apparent support from Councillor Matthew Palmer, but that doesn’t appear to be forthcoming anymore ! Obviously there is also a real threat to local shopkeepers and the loss of pubs in West London is a serious issue of course.
Unfortunately and ridiculously, planning permission is not required for the change of use from a pub to a retail store, but the RBKC already have a policy in place which is supposed to be designed to stop the loss of pubs in the Borough so the hope is that they will fully adhere to this.
I’m told that some disinformation has been circulating that business had been in decline whereas in truth the pub is an historic landmark which serves the local community and also QPR fans before and after home games.
The Independent R’s support the campaign to save the pub and over 2,000 people have signed a written petition which has been submitted to the Council. Emphasis has now reverted to this online petition, please sign via this link: http://www.ipetitions.com/widget/view/447978
The plan on Saturday is to ceremoniously wrap some ‘CRIME SCENE DO NOT ENTER’ tape around the building and the message from West London to Tesco’s is: “BOG OFF – WE WANT OUR LOCAL BACK”
Please support the campaign.