Published: 17 January, 2013
• IT seems unfair that Harry Enfield is getting a bad press over his plans to turn Queens
No 1 in Edis Street into a “luxury new home” (Loadsaworry! January 10 New Journal).
Harry contacted local residents by letter so he could take into consideration their views about the future of the building, and a substantial majority favoured a residential outcome over a commercial venture — Harry simply seems to be trying to work to these wishes rather than actively “scotching people’s hopes” of a new pub or restaurant.
Give the man a break!
Plenty of people suddenly seem to be up in arms about the loss of a vibrant focal point of the Primrose Hill community.
Are these the same people who trumpeted the success of the local street parties but neglected to invite their housing association neighbours who live on the “wrong” side of the street?
Are those mourning the passing of Queens No 1 conveniently forgetting that their complaints about noise resulted in the fun-filled karaoke nights being brought to an end?
From the recent update that Harry sent to residents, it would seem a major factor in his decision rested on people’s concerns about a loss of tranquillity and potential loss of parking spaces.
However, residents in the immediate vicinity do not seem to be troubled by such factors when it comes to noisy, extensive refurbishment works being carried out on their own properties.
Don’t take the easy route and blame Harry for the demise of a successor to Queens No 1.
The pernicious self-interest and snobbery of some residents is what really threatens to destroy a genuine sense of community in Primrose Hill.
CHALCOT ROAD RESIDENT NW1
Name and full address