Search

Landlords becoming the scourge of the high street, Hampstead traders warn

08:00 17 July 2014

Jessica Learmond-Criqui

Jessica Learmond-Criqui

Archant

Hampstead traders have pleaded for more help from the council, after warning that Camden’s landlords have become the scourge of the borough’s high streets.

Members of the Hampstead Shops Campaign Town Team issued a stark warning on Monday, saying the wishes of residents about what is in their high street are being trumped by powerful landlords who “do not care” about the surrounding community.

They urged Camden Council to help them fight against shops left empty, exorbitant rents and damaging planning applications.

Jessica Learmond-Criqui, who spearheads the Town Team, said: “Landlords are a problem. They rent to the highest bidder with little care for the requirements and wishes of the community.

“On Hampstead High Street I engaged with a landlord of an empty premise, asking them if they would look at housing a shop the community wanted, but which might mean they would charge less rent. They emphatically said they were not interested.

“When I asked [a big landlord] to engage with the community on what kind of shop went into an empty space, they replied that they had no wish to engage. They then brought what was at the time the seventh mobile phone shop to the high street.’’

The Town Team urged councillors to pass a number of motions. These included inviting councillors to undergo training in “high street issues” and to ensure no more shops become offices. The plea comes as a petition signed by 4,000 people to prevent Sainsbury’s from opening in South End Green was handed to the council.

Cllr Phil Jones, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: “I do think something has gone wrong.’’

“Sadly we live in one of the most centralised countries in the world – so unfortunately the council has less power than it should over many of these issues.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

08:00
Camden People's Theatre. Picture: Google Streetview

Dartmouth Park resident Benedict Cumberbatch has been at pains to remind his audience how distracting mobile phones can be during performances.

Yesterday, 11:00
Robert Stephenson-Padron with pet parrott, Coco Lee

Robert Stephenson-Padron, 30, is managing director of Penrose Care in Belsize Lane, Belsize Park. He also lives in Belsize Park. His company provides homecare to the elderly and gained national attention for paying its employees the London Living Wage, one of only four out of more than 1,000 organisations in the London homecare industry to do so.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Three dogs have been poisoned

Three dogs have reportedly died after eating poison in Coldfall Wood in Muswell Hill

Friday, August 28, 2015
Michael McIntyre switching on Hampstead's Christmas lights in 2011  Picture: Polly Hancock

Funnyman Michael McIntyre has upset members of the Heath and Hampstead Society for crudeness - not of his jokes but plans to renovate his home.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder