IKEA - please be fair to Greenwich
IKEA wants to build a store bigger than IKEA Tottenham less than 1 mile from historic Greenwich Park and right by the congested Blackwall Tunnel crossing.
IKEA's business model is not fit for the 21st century and not fit for Greenwich, in Zone 2, London. IKEA needs to adapt and show that it can operate in Central London where traffic is gridlocked.
Please sign our petition to IKEA asking them to play fair by Greenwich and deliver on their promises to the community. Greenwich Council have said that they will be issuing outline consent shortly, without going back to the planning board. Now is the time to make your voice heard! There is still time to make a difference.
In Hamburg and Paris, IKEA has recently opened 'traffic free' stores. IKEA will adapt its business model for inner city areas if the council negotiates hard enough. Ask your councillors to listen to you and take action.
In March 2014, IKEA made certain promises to Greenwich:
- To reduce traffic from the levels currently generated by Sainsbury's and Matalan. IKEA said: "The potential impact of the scheme on the surrounding road network will be limited, particularly as the new IKEA store would not generate as much traffic demand during the peak commuting periods compared with a foodstore."
- To operate a trading model which encourages public transport use - IKEA told planners that customers will travel by public transport and use IKEA's delivery service, but delivery is prohibitively expensive: £30 delivery charge for a £30 Billy Bookcase. If you ask IKEA's online Anna why delivery charges are so high, 'she' replies: "Free" or "subsidised" delivery usually means the cost is hidden within product prices. At IKEA we prefer to offer our products at the lowest possible price so if you are able too [sic] fit the products in your vehicle you are not paying for hidden delivery costs that you may not be using."
Please sign our petition to IKEA.
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