Lewisham receives grant to rescue deserted shops

Spotted by BC stalwart Monkeyboy, The Press Association reports that Lewisham is one of five London councils to receive a £52,000 grant from the Department of Communities and Local Government to find new uses for empty local shops, to improve high streets in the run up to Christmas.

Our main high streets - Brockley Road and Lewisham Way - have relatively few completely empty shops (the biggest problem remains the number of limbo shops), but off the top of our heads, we can think of "Ask Toes" and the deserted holistic therapy centre would both qualify and we're sure BC readers can think of others that need rescuing. Perhaps they could spend some of the money to finally find a way to get rid of the sea container from outside Meze Mangal.

The other London Councils to benefit are Croydon, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Wandsworth.

In a statement which underlines the vital need for local government to provide an environment that will encourage entrepreneurs to return to local high streets, Communities Secretary John Denham said:

"We know that the downturn has really hurt some English high streets, especially where there was already high deprivation. But the real help we are giving now is making a difference in keeping town centres vibrant.

"This money will mean councils can put their creative ideas to work and transform those boarded-up eyesores into attractions that bring the shoppers back to the high street."


We'll ask Lewisham Council to explain how they plan to spend the money and report back.

16 comments:

Sue said...

'Ask Toes' is owned by Network Rail. They are planning electrical works in the Spring and then to let it late Spring, so it should be back in use at some point next year.

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Anonymous said...

Whats the con above ?

I believe the sea container Is owned by Meze Mangel,there In dispute with the owners upstairs or something.

Anonymous said...

That sea container has really put me off going into Meze Mangel. Anyone who can leave that eyesore for two years on the high st is not getting my custom.

Anonymous said...

That typo made me chortle - I'm now going to refer to Meze Mangal as Mrs. Mangel (of Neighbours fame);-)

M said...

On the same subject I see that the old Create card shop in Ladywell is currently being done up.
Anyone have any idea what it will become?

I would have asked the doer-upper myself but I was carrying an Xmas tree at the time...

Brockley Nick said...

That's very interesting Sue, thanks. Are there any Ladywell properties being considered for this fund?

Anonymous said...

Surely it's "Toes Ask"

Headhunter said...

I hope the new lessee of "Toes Ask" retains the name... Bit of a local institution...

Sue said...

some kind of pedicure shop perhaps?!

Re Ladywell properties: not sure if LVIG are already onto this or not - will check with them. We should be getting our Ladywell town centre manager at some point early in the new year (they will also be covering the Ladywell ward bits of Loampit and Brockley Road, plus Crofton Park and the Leegate Centre) so this should fall under their remit then.

Transpontine said...

I know a lot of people think charity shops are a sign of the last days of civilization, but as a second hand book and vinyl addict I would like to see one or two in Brockley and New X. As things stand I have to go to Deptford and Sydenham for my fix.

Highest CD Rates said...

I think this is a brilliant idea to have charity shops. May you all have great festival this season.

Crofton Parker said...

Yes, charity shops with shelves for second hand books! What about one in the former Thai supermarket near Budgens in Crofton Park. Been empty aaages and a busy little spot...

Anonymous said...

And you dont have to pay Council Tax for Charity Shops.

love detective said...

"As things stand I have to go to Deptford and Sydenham for my fix."

there's a fair load of them in beckenham - i picked up david harvey's condition of postmodernity there the other week for £2

Robert said...

I think that somebody suggested a community charity shop, probably on this very blog, not so long ago.

Seems like an excellent idea. All profits going to local worthy causes.

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