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Ikea and air quality

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Interesting post on 853blog:
Ikea claims Greenwich store ‘would improve air quality’

Furniture giant Ikea claims its proposed Greenwich store would improve air quality in the local area, according to documents sent to Greenwich Council.

But its detailed figures show any improvement would be “negligible”, while pollution would actually get slightly worse at Greenwich Millennium Village.

I think a serious bid to the local assembly for 10 Air Quality Eggs (about £120 each) around the area, monitored from residents homes would be an interesting proposition.

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14 year old killed outside Sainsbury’s

Tributes to Kevin Ssali, 14, killed at bus stop outside Lee Sainsbury's

Tragic sight this morning doing the shopping.

Tributes to Kevin Ssali, 14, killed at bus stop outside Lee Sainsbury's - wide view

UPDATED: Please note that this story is from September 16th, and is referring to Saturday September 15th.
From BBC News: Lee stabbing: Kevin Ssali, 14, killed at bus stop

A 14-year-old boy, who had been missing since July, has been stabbed to death in south-east London.
Kevin Ssali, of Whitworth Road in South Norwood, was attacked after he got off a route 202 bus in Lee.
Police and paramedics were called to Burnt Ash Road at about 21:45 BST on Saturday where they found him with multiple stab wounds.
Three teenage males have been arrested on suspicion of murder, police said.

8 minutes walk away, on the 202 route, Jimmy Mizen was killed in 2008 in a bakery.

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Massive ASDA next to Lee Sainsbury’s?

Map showing the proposed ASDA next to Sainsbury's
Brockley Central has a great post, pointing out that a new ASDA is being planned to replace the dilapidated LeeGate shopping centre (the burnt-out-looking post-nuclear-apocolypse shopping square over the road from Sainsbury’s).

From their post:

St Modwen claim that a supermarket is needed to create the footfall that will make the rest of the retail offer (25,000 sq ft of new shops and restaurants along Burnt Ash Road) work. They must know this is hogwash. If one large supermarket has done nothing for the site (arguably, it accelerated the decline), how would another help? Lee Green has been a dysfunctional town centre for decades and something much more imaginative would be needed to reverse its decline. This proposal plans to keep the ugliest bits (including Leegate tower, which is a strong candidate for the borough’s worst building) and allow the site to be dominated by a supermarket shed, none of which is likely to turn this in to a leisure destination.

This looks like a cynical ploy to get permission to develop another large supermarket in the borough, rather than a considered attempt to regenerate Lee. None of the other projects featured on the developer’s website give any kind of reassurance that they know how to handle a site like this.

They haven’t handed any official plans over to Lewisham Council yet, but they have a weasel-worded “have your say survey” on their site.

Q: Do you support in principle the preliminary proposals for the regeneration of the Leegate Shopping Centre?
No, it looks like you’re just trying to crowbar another massive supermarket next to an existing one, further killing local shops.
Q: Are there any aspects of the scheme that you are particularly impressed with?
No.
Q: Are there any aspects of the scheme on which you have particular comments or suggestions?
How about building some affordable housing on the site, without holding the council to ransom with the threat of a supermarket?
Q: Do you feel that a mixed-use scheme as proposed is the right way forward for the regeneration of Leegate Shopping Centre and Lee Green?
I’d love to live on top of a supermarket. Wouldn’t you?
Q: Do you welcome the opportunity for greater choice in your supermarket shopping?
Do you still beat your wife?

Feel free to add your thoughts on their feedback form.

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Ducks and Salad Bags: Farmers Market vs. Sainsbury’s

sainsburys florette salad

Blackheath Farmers market salad = £2.10 = 135g
1.56p per gram
typical life 7 days

Sainsbury’s Florette mixed salad = £1.49 = 200g
0.745p per gram
typical life 3 days

The farmer’s market looks much more expensive, right? Except that how often do you buy a bag of salad from a supermarket, that looks crispy and fresh on the first day, and becomes limp and brown on the second day? An unnamed person at the farmer’s market told me:

We do sell to the supermarkets, but by the time it gets to your fridge, even though it says fresh on the label, it can be 7 days old.

Supermarket salad is kept fresh looking by using a “protective atmosphere” inside the bag. The air in the bag has different levels of carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen, to slow the speed at which the bacteria can grow. So after it is opened, it suddenly starts to act its age! Felicity Lawrence’s book Not on the Label is a great place to read more about this.

Also, the salad shown in the top photo lasts the two of us for most of a week. So we can buy the amount that we need, not the amount the supermarket wants to sell. I should point out that I didn’t compare to the cheapest Sainsbury’s salad bag (0.74p per gram), because the taste of the salad isn’t comparable. The one from the farmer’s market tastes amazing, is organic, and lasts a week!

Sainsbury's parsley

Farmer’s Market Flat Leaf Parsley = 170g = £1
0.59p per gram
Lasts 7 days

Sainsbury’s Flat Leaf Parsley = 28g = 79p
2.82p per gram
Lasts 5 days

The parsley is much more of a bargain. We get loads of parsley each week, so Sainsbury’s can’t compete here. The parsley is from the “hello duck” stall. I like them. Nobody calls me duck in a supermarket.

I compared to Sainsbury’s because it’s my nearest supermarket, and it isn’t massively up-market. It’s worth pointing out that other processed foods in the farmer’s market aren’t such a bargain, but staples, veg, and unprocessed foods really can work out much cheaper.

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