Friday, May 28, 2010

Hartwells and other shops on Brigstock Road need support

Hartwells Butchers has been trading for 96 years on Brigstock Road. Robert Hartwell, the third Hartwell to run the shop, is at risk of not making it to the 100 year mark, mainly down to the recession and the massive Tesco's down the road. I've known him for some time. Its a sign of the times if he doesn't make t to the 100 year mark. Robert Hartwell showed me the shops' original order book (left) that his grandfather used.

Just a couple of days after the local elections, and I was back out there campaigning for community in Thornton Heath. This time it was the shopkeepers on Brigstock Road who needed support. Recently shops on Thornton Heath High Street received a lifeline in the form of the new 30 minute free parking bays. However, shops on Brigstock Road have been overlooked. I made a phone call to the council and David Wakeling the Traffic Design Manager came to discuss the issue with the shopkeepers. By all accounts the meeting was very positive. After the meeting the shopkeepers asked how I got on in the local elections. They were surprised that I didn't poll enough to win in Bensham Manor, mainly because when it comes to local activity they simply wouldn't know who to approach for support.

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