I want to say thank you to Tesco. The news that they are dropping their plans to build a superstore on the London Road site and instead move their St Peters Street store to larger premises in the former Woolworths is a shot in the arm for St Albans. We can now get an appropriately mixed development at London Road - who knows, a primary school, perhaps a small shopping centre, housing of course, all done in a way that respects the scale of the city centre.
I hope there will be an intelligent planning brief for the site but equally no delay. Meanwhile only yesterday I was talking to market stallholders whose site is outside the former Woolworths. They were so sad at the decline of St Peters Street at the Hatfield Road end. They knew there was a possibility of a reinvigorated city centre Tesco and they were looking forward to it as a magnet and anchor. Well Tesco looks to have delivered - full marks to them.