LBHF seeks High Street involvement

LB Hammersmith & Fulham is to aim to get businesses more involved in revitalising high streets and retail parades.

The council says one of the first results of their “fresh approach” to making policy, will be that residents and businesses will play a central role in reviving Hammersmith and Fulham’s high streets.

“We want to change things for the better with residents, not make decisions behind closed doors,” said Cllr Ben Coleman, who chairs the new policy and accountability committee (PAC) for economic regeneration, housing and the arts.

“At our first PAC meeting, residents said that breathing new life into the high street really mattered to them. So we want to work actively with residents and local businesses to save our high streets and shopping parades, starting with North End Road in the south and Bloemfontein Road in the north.”

“Residents tell us they want fewer betting and loan outlets and more shops. We will explore innovative things being done across the country and bring together shop owners, stallholders, landlords and residents to get ideas off the ground.”

Andy Ward of Dickenson’s Butchers, which has been in the North End Road since 1981, said: “Parking is a huge issue.” Bryan Chakowa of local Specsavers added: “We need to do something about pavement congestion and about the look of the road.”

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