Liberal Democrat councillors in Wood Green have expressed their dismay at the sudden closure of Waterstone’s bookstore and coffee shop in Wood Green High Road.
Catherine Harris, local Lib Dem ward councillor (Noel Park), says that the store is a well used and well loved feature, where there has been a book store on site for years. She has been receiving emails from people saddened at the loss to the area.
Cllr Harris has also written to Haringey Council asking them to ensure their own policies attract quality businesses to the area, making sure there is a diversity of shops and businesses taking up the retail space in Wood Green. She points out that there is already an online petition calling for a halt to the closure, and that the bookshop provides an outlet for educational material, and mums with prams who use it as a meeting place for coffee.
Cllr Catherine Harris Comments:
“This is a very big blow for the High Road and it is terrible to see this kind of essential and much loved business closing.
“It is time for the Council to wake up, as they do not seem to have a proper business strategy in place for this major retail centre.
“Local parents will now have to travel further afield to purchase books for their kids and people are letting me know from across London how saddened they are by this loss to the area.”