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Hello,

I'm writing this because I really feel at the end of my rope. I live between Bowes Park and Wood Green and I don't want to leave the area but I just feel so sad about some of the things I am seeing and its getting me down.

Although this technically happened Enfield it's right on the border, as in within 10 feet. In the summer there was this stabbing and fatality: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c04x9m4jzvmo - resulting this the Kuq E Zi coffee shop was closed all summer with forensic police there every day for months. It has now had its license removed and not opened back up. During this time the coffee shop Scutari next door shut down but now the police have gone they are open again but with the windows frosted.

The other side of Kuq E Zi is another Coffee Shop (Melodia) and 100 yard away is another Markos. They all have the same thing in common, no one in the area ever goes in them, they block out the windows so people can't see inside, they have the same small group of men that sit there 24/7 drinking bottles of water and smoking with their very expensive blacked cars parked on the pavement outside. They are very intimating, especially when its late at night, I have been harassed, there are fights, drug taking and makes the whole area feel unsafe. 

I don't want to sound like a conspiracy theorist but I think they are used for money laundering and are related to drugs (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10126277/Face-face-devil-D...). There is no way these places can make enough to cover the business costs and rent from 4 people drinking water all day, they must be making money elsewhere. After the stabbing and the police investigation I feel like I'm right about this but I don't know how anything can be done.

There is now a new coffee shop / bar going to open Myddleton road, Bar 777 which has blacked out curtains. When my husband walked past and got speaking to what seemed like the owner, he said it was going to be a coffee shop in the front but to come because and there will be gambling in the back. Why he confessed this I have no idea but this seems again, another one of these "coffee shops".

I have spoken to councillors, emailed the neighbourhood watch police email, ASBO, Licensing - pretty much everyone to find out what can be done but either I don't get a reply or the emails bounce back. 

I just don't know what can be done but the area seems to be getting filled with these businesses and nothing people who actually live here want to goto. The one councillor who got back to me told me to collect feedback from other residents or evidence, I have been trying my best but obviously the description of the businesses doesn't make me feel safe doing that but I'm honestly out of ideas.

I'm just wondering if anyone else has encountered these places and knows what could be done to help the area feel more safe.

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Myddleton road continues it's decline. I counted over 14 shuttered or closed businesses/shops last week (a weekday), also an increase in businesses that seemingly exist for people to hang around outside. Always flytipping on the pavement.

What is to be done?

Hi Anna

Yes, there are still quite a few shuttered shops on Myddleton Road at the moment, and there are a variety of reasons for this. Some are in the process of being refurbished or soon to be let out, some are in limbo whilst their owners sort out family issues, and some the landlords appear willing to leave empty.

But, it has ever been thus. In fact, there are probably many less empty shops than 10 years ago, and some interesting ones such as Nest, Hello Lovely (the candle shop) and the Hillbilly Social have recently opened or are opening soon. In addition, there are the 21 lovely new trees on the street.

Myddleton Road has a great variety of lovely shops and shopkeepers and a strong and very supportive local community, It certainly still has a lot of issues and challenges, but by continuing to work together I believe that it certainly has the potential to have a bright future.

If you would like to meet up for a coffee to talk some more about thee street, and see if your energy could be harnessed to help improve it just let me know.

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