"I agree with Charlie that rents and the leasheold model are crucial, and that we badly need reform of these. It is a political question, and we ought to be putting forward some proposals. What david says about the lower overheads of cafes and…"
"Thanks David, completely agree with all you say. Just to clarify, this would not involve some marxist plot to interfere with the free market. Free markets work when they are free of inelasticities: constraints on the workings of the market.…"
"Charlie and N8 Princess are both right.
The rents that Adrian cites earlier in this string average out at about £500 per week. That has to be found out of takings every week, along with other overheads (insurance, rates, power, wages, interest…"
"I think this is spot on. It is actually a political question unfortunately, and in all the talk about high street deterioration in the UK the question of rent and the leasehold model is rarely raised. There is much more obfuscation about business…"
"Something we can all do is actually use the wonderful shops and services on our doorstep rather than giving our custom to chains or online businesses. Without our support local tradesmen will struggle even if rents and premiums are reasonable. How…"
"I think in the long term the only answer is reform of the commercial property laws to give small independent retail more security, and maybe 'designation' of essential shops preventing them changing use, as happens in Paris. Maybe the CE…"
"I'm very excited about the formation of the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum - especially with the involvement of your good self and the very wonderful David Winskill.
Personally, my biggest concern is the death of local businesses…"