Pounds: An open letter to Chris Bond regarding Mini Holland proposals
Cllr Chris Bond,
Cabinet Member for Environment
EN1 3XA 25/09/2014
Dear Councillor Bond,
Reference: Mini Holland Proposals – cycle lane introduced in Green Lanes from Enfield to Palmers Green Library. Removal of car parking and bus lanes along this part of Green Lanes.
My family cycle and I acknowledge it is difficult to cycle along Green Lanes with a 6 and an 8 year old. The solution is that we cycle elsewhere - where it is less busy. Green Lanes is a major road into London, flanked by High Street shops, which the community needs to function.
Take the parking and bus routes away, substitute them with cycling lanes and the independent retailers along the high street will decline. This will inevitably result in a 'doughnut effect' where the town / high street areas are empty and people are forced to go to the retail parks which offer plentiful parking. Only the big businesses can afford to be located on the retail parks and there would be a loss of individual, independent high street retailers in favour of generic mass market big companies.
Our company, Pounds - started by my Grandfather, has traded for close to 70 years. We successfully re-located from Ponders End to Winchmore Hill six years ago with the incentive of free, easy parking for our customers. We offer fast, efficient and friendly service, retailing large kitchen appliances, household furniture and TV/audio equipment. It is not feasible to collect / deliver these heavy goods by bicycle.
Parking is essential to our business. Removal of parking would have a devastating effect on our trade.
As a Winchmore Hill resident and as a local business owner, I strongly oppose the introduction of the Mini Holland scheme along Green Lanes and ask to be updated of any relevant meetings concerning the Mini Holland scheme.
I look forward to your response to my letter.
Pounds Electrical & Furniture Shop
The London Home Cinema Company
870-878 Green Lanes, Winchmore Hill, London N21 2RS
Maxine Spencer explains to Cllr Chris Bond how Mini Holland could destroy their family business.