Since rumours emerged that supermarket giant Tesco was looking to take over the Wheatsheaf pub in Tooting Bec, the local community has come together to work with the pub to take action.
After raising local residents’ concerns directly with the Chief Executive of Tesco, I received assurances that Tesco will not be taking over the Tooting Bec pub, which is a huge achievement.
But the campaign doesn’t stop here.
The next task is to make sure no other retailer is allowed to turn The Wheatsheaf into a supermarket or shop. It simply does not make sense to close this much-loved and extremely popular local pub, to allow another supermarket to open. Supermarket giants shouldn’t be allowed to take over successful and well-loved businesses, simply by throwing more money at them.
Wandsworth Council can stop another supermarket taking over by using planning legislation now to ensure that only elected councillors can decide on any change to the use of the building.
Sign Sadiq’s letter here: http://www.sadiqkhan.org.uk/letter_save_the_wheatsheaf?splash=1