Tuesday 6 February 2007 10.33pm
Tlon Gone? not yet!
It was nice to see so many nice things about my shop. There is a possibility of it re-opening.
Basically this is a regeneration problem. In the last 5 years, income has gone down badly, as local offices have closed and flats emptied. The area has become blighted, and demolitions have commenced. The council has repeatedly pledged to keep the small businesses in the shopping centre going, but has done little of substance. In the meantime, most of my costs, and especially the rent, have gone up or stayed the same, The result is obvious, and the same problem faces all the traders in the Centre to some extent. If something is to be done about this the council and the landlords need to be persuaded to be more accommodating.
Incidentally, it's not strictly correct to say that my rent has increased, although the landlord is seeking to increase it.
What can you do about it all? As Rupert suggests, you can contact your councillors (there is a full list on southwark.gov) and express your concern, and you can write to St Modwens in the same terms. There's also Simon Hughes
to write to. It's up to you whether you emphasize this shop, the shopping centre, or the community in general. It's all the same issue really.
If you want to contact me, send me a message at:
There will be an e-mail petition available soon. The address for this should be
-keep an eye on the posters in the shopping centre.
On Wenesday the 7th and 14th of Feb, I'm being interviewed on a local internet radio station
Thanks very much to all of you for your kind words and thoughts. Lets see if we can generate some good news for once!