james127 wrote:Yes, thanks for your leadership on keeping that business off the street.
spartacus wrote:Cllr Hickson wrote:I am worried that if existing shops close down, betting and payday loan shops will move in.
Cllr Claire Hickson
Labour Councillor, Chaucer Ward
Claire, as you know such 'shops' reflect the financial mood of the moment. Not far away, (I don't know if it's your patch as well) in the middle of the much trumpeted Bermondsey Spa 'regeneration' project, the first new shop to move into the ground floor of a new block of flats which replaced the original run down block is - a betting shop. Along the rest of Spa Road (albeit crummy for years) the small businesses lost include a hairdressers, a caff, a sandwich shop / hot food takeaway and a pub. The chippie and sweet shop/mini market look as though they may be on the way out, too.
Meanwhile, not far away there's a development in the railway arches further east, ,rumoured to be the new / extended home of some of the Maltby Street traders and spearheaded by Neals Yard. Interesting contrast of potential 'choices' for locals around there!