A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
A group of people have already got together to think about local retail space and what we might be able to do about it together - The initial focus was Myddleton Road shops - but it could be expanded to other local retail areas - follow this link to find out more and do use the sign-up form to be kept in touch with developments.
I sympathise with the point that you and others are making, Carole. But as a generalisation I would say that local businesses reflect local demand. For instance, The Step originally opened weekdays from 10am. Due to lack of demand, it had to reduce its daytime opening times, much to my disappointment as a regular there. This is a venue that gets excellent and well deserved feedback on this site. If Matt and Nell could not make a go of Tuesday-Thursday weekdays, others will struggle. I hope that someone has a go near Bounds Green tube and is successful. But success will depend on local people supporting it.
I entirely agree - if we want to see independent traders selling quality produce locally we need to be supporting them - even if it means paying a premium.
Campaigns like this weekend's Shop Local Saturday are great at raising awareness and getting people to think about behaviour change ... but this needs to be a year round activity if we are to support a vibrant independent retailers locally.
My initial response was to try to be positive about the shops round the tube but on reflection yes I do remember the shops that used to be there - the wonderful hardware shop - Slades which would get anything that you wanted - the Italian deli etc - so what on earth has happened? As Nuala says just down up the road there is now a wonderful range of shops - why? Why has this happened there and not in our community? I would love to understand more about the shopping centres in Bounds Green round the tube - there seems to be the same issue as Myddleton Road - I think the shopping area around the tube is also worth fighting for - what impression does it give to people stepping out into Bounds Green?
I second Tom's wish-list of shops and restaurants it would be nice to have around Bounds Green tube and have to say that I, too, am quite ashamed of how our area looks when I come home on the tube from other places and can't help but compare them. It strikes you as so downmarket as you come down from Muswell Hill. I, too, remember and loved the hardware shop, delicatessen and florists.