Retail expert, Mary Portas (known for her TV series Mary Queen of Shops) is warning that after years of neglect and mismanagement they will disappear forever unless urgent action is taken.
Preston Road, which has lost its bustling library and will soon be hit by parking charges nobody has asked for, will go into decline.
Cllr. James Powney, responsible for (closing) libraries is also the man who decided that we should pay to park, for no other reason than:
treating Preston Road in the same way as other places is fair.
There isn’t a parking or congestion problem on Preston Road that needs addressing, simply that other areas have it, so must we. Other areas also have libraries, so shouldn’t we James??
Prime Minister, David Cameron has backed Portas’ report which calls for free parking and more incentives for market traders.
Please write to Vince Cable at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (Who are backing this report) and tell them to intervene in Preston Road before it is too late:
Here is one that we sent earlier:
Dear Department for Business Innovation and Skills,
Our communities in Preston Road and South Kenton have been fighting Brent Council to prevent the imposition of parking charges in our small but ‘just’ thriving High Street.
The Council erected meters two weeks ago, and intend to commission them in the new year.
They have closed and boarded up our local library (nearby) earlier this year; which we are also fighting for at great cost.
We are deeply concerned that we may lose altogether our small independent traders who are currently scraping by, and providing local jobs.
The effect of these two blows on our community is potentially devastating; but our council seems oblivious to this.
Is there anything that can be done to stop this, before irrevocable damage has been done?