NO to Tesco in Belsize Park
Highlights of the meeting 20 January 2015

A vigorous campaign supported by Dame Janet Suzman, Tom Conti, Damian Lewis, Emma Thompson, James Corden and UK wine critic Jancis Robinson to stop Tesco opening a store on Haverstock Hill in Belsize Park, London. Tesco representatives shared their plans and listened to Belsize residents during the public meeting held at St Stephen’s on Rosslyn Hill.


Oscar winner Emma Thompson has added her name to the swelling campaign to stop a Tesco store opening in Haverstock Hill.
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Damian Lewis Joins Fight to Halt London Supermarket Plans

January 21, 2015

Homeland star Damian Lewis sent a strongly-worded letter to be read out at a public meeting in London on Tuesday (20 January 2015) as part of a campaign to stop a supermarket chain opening a new branch in an upmarket neighbourhood. Fellow actors Emma Thompson and Tom Conti are among those opposing plans to open a Tesco store in Belsize Park, and Lewis has now become the latest north London resident to speak out in a bid to protect the local area.

Residents who are opposed to the plans attended a public meeting with representatives from Tesco on Tuesday, and they were joined by veteran actress Dame Janet Suzman, who read out a note from Lewis. The note stated, "Independent shops are vital to the community for diversity and social interaction. Neighbourhoods are happier places for them. Yet another Tesco would badly undermine this."

Oscar winner Thompson, who lives nearby, previously said of the scheme, "Belsize is a villagey area – it has no need of a Tesco and its very nature will be threatened. The people who live there do not want it... I will be signing petitions and writing to the press on this subject but... (I) also wanted to express my personal and deeply felt objection." A spokesman for Tesco says, "We came to this meeting to hear residents' concerns as part of our consultation and we will continue to listen to opinions constructively throughout the consultation... Our other stores in the area are profitable and popular and there's no doubt the new store would also be popular."


Watch the Video here of the Deputation Request to Camden
Regarding the Belsize Shopping Area on Haverstock Hill 26 January 2015
Starts at 09.15 runs to 20.23

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Tom Conti at the first objection meeting held in Belsize Park

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Dame Janet Suzman
Dame Janet Suzman

Tom Conti
Tom Conti

Damian Lewis
Damian Lewis

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Photo: Ham&High

James Corden

Jancis Robinson
Jancis Robinson