Search

Supermarket customers ‘facing obstacle course’

PUBLISHED: 09:33 30 July 2011 | UPDATED: 13:23 30 July 2011

Kazim Karakus, 49, at the narrow passage formed by the building works

Kazim Karakus, 49, at the narrow passage formed by the building works

Archant

A supermarket on an estate with elderly and disabled residents has complained that customers have to tackle a virtual obstacle course to get there.

Shopkeepers at the Gold Star Food Centre in Holland Walk, on the Elthorne Estate, say people with mobility needs are struggling to get to the shop.

For years residents have had to negotiate a cluster of metal barriers that block wheelchairs and scooters on one side – and now they say Homes for Islington (HfI) building works have all but blocked access with hoarding on the other side as well.

Shopkeeper Kazim Karakus, 49, whose brother owns the store, said: “It used be very open on one side at least. Since the work started, now even that side is very narrow and hard to access.

“We have had lots of disabled and older people complaining to us, but we can’t do anything.”

Mr Karakus added that a gateway to the block opposite has been closed – meaning its residents have a long walk round to the shop. He is also worried that the building site makes the shop less visible.

“The police blocked the gate because they said groups of young people were loitering there,” he said. “It’s too far for all the older people in that block to walk to us now.

“The obstacles, the works, the closed gate – it all adds up and affects the business. I would say we have lost £10,000 turnover a week because of it.”

A HfI spokesman said: “On projects such as this one to build much needed council housing, we are working hard to keep disruption to a minimum. We have not changed the access for disabled visitors to this shop during the works. We’ve been talking to the shopowner to make sure his shop is still as easy to visit as possible, and have included signs for the shop on the contractor’s hoarding.”

0 comments

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 17:16

Bookworms could get their names in works by high-profile authors such as Margaret Atwood and Lee Child and raise money for a Holloway torture charity at the same time.

Yesterday, 16:02

Two new police constables will be deployed to Highbury West next month to help tackle drug-related problems across the ward, the Gazette can reveal.

Yesterday, 12:38

A walk through history will raise cash for the mayor of Islington’s chosen charities on Sunday.

Yesterday, 11:47

The community celebrated “sustainability” and British apples in Gillespie Park on Sunday.

Yesterday, 11:00

Nearly 20 people were arrested in a wave of early morning raids across north and south London, with drugs and cash seized linked to drug dealing and violence in Camden Lock Market.

Yesterday, 09:50

Youngsters gained insights into the world of business at a King’s Cross careers event on Monday night.

Wed, 16:58

Wireless promoters defended the music festival at a licence review hearing last night, saying it is a “celebration of grime music” that causes no public nuisance.

Wed, 16:54

Kids with learning difficulties need diagnosis and support sooner “to avoid the devastation exclusion can cause”, claims a councillor.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now