5,000 signatures to the petition and counting
We can now announce that we have received 5,000 signatures to our petition in opposition of the proposed developement.
The clear majority of these (over 4,200) have come from shops around Stoke Newington and our thanks go to the shopkeepers for hosting the petitions and especially to Hamdy and Suzy for doing such a great job of organising it. The rest have come from the online petition which you can still sign.
On most of the petition forms there was an opportunity for people to leave a comment and we have analysed a chunk of them to get a feel for what Stoke Newington residents feel about the proposal.
Most of the comments and concerns fell into distinct themes so we grouped them together, giving the breakdown of the most common as follows:
33% – Don't need another supermarket
24% – Would damage local businesses
14% – General objection to proposal
7% – Traffic and congestion problems
6% – Would damage the area's character
3% – Would adversely affect the local community
2% – Impact on local environment / polution
2% – Don't need large corporations / no to corporate greed
2% – No to cloned high streets
It is clear from this petition that opposition to this proposal is strong and the comments indicate that there is a wide range of concerns about the development.
These concerns are described in more detail on the Issues pages of this website so please take the time to consider them for yourself and also sign the petition if you haven't already.