London Letter: Shop horror

Further to your feature on Dulwich (30 August), we came to Dulwich over 30 years ago and were surrounded by shops, none more than 5 or 10 minutes away, which was good as my wife had just come out of hospital. In addition to the village there was Lordship Lane for heavier goods. Two weeks ago the last shop, Place Bakeries, went bankrupt, all the others - the butcher, the greengrocer, the fish shop - had already closed. Leafy Dulwich is devastated and so is Lordship Lane.

Why? Sainsbury's Dog Kennel Hill superstore is open on weekdays and Sundays.

Lord Sainsbury has been made a Member of the Order of the Garter, no doubt, for his marketing techniques in moving trade from our High Streets to his green field sites.

William C Dowling SE21

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