The letter goes on to confirm that what Hurendra calls 'incentives' was a legal agreement requiring various benefits for the immediate area which included £105,000, potentially rising to £215,000, for environmental improvements to the pavements along Holloway Road including the area in front of the magistrates' court. He has not been idle since, having written to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol, pointing to his previous letters and suggesting that the council consulted only those businesses within a radius of 250 yards.
Not everyone has Hurendra's stamina for lobbying. In fact, when I carried this story two issues back, I put in his plea for other Islington retailers to join the fight. So far, no one has come forward. Apathy can sometimes be the worst enemy.