Retail park fight taken to developer’s London offices

Victoria Harvey and campaign supporters protest outside developer Claymore's London offices
Victoria Harvey and campaign supporters protest outside developer Claymore's London offices
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Representatives of retailer groups, community groups and Leighton residents held a demonstration in London on Friday against plans to build a retail park in the town.

The group stationed themselves in Brook Street W1 (opposite Claridges), outside the registered London address of the Claymore Group which is looking to build the retail park. From there they displayed banners and handed out leaflets.

Ken Barry, of South Beds Friends of the Earth, said: “We had a very positive response from passers-by who shared our concern about the possible destruction of our town.”

Tom Shattock, of TK Furniture, said : “These speculative developers can only take away footfall from the town which will jeopardise the whole centre – as we have seen happen in Dunstable.”

Victoria Harvey, of South Beds Friends of the Earth, added: “The Leighton Linslade residents town centre survey done this November by Central Bedfordshire council showed that nearly everyone wanted more clothes shops and valued the traditional town centre, only two people asked for a DIY store and no-one asked for a small out of town retail park with pet shops and furniture shops.”