Lynne Featherstone MP and Muswell Hill traders met with Haringey Council’s Chief Executive Nick Walkley on Friday, to present him with sales figures from the previous few months.
Local traders have reported a huge loss in trade due to poorly planned council road works – which closed off part of the Broadway, caused traffic chaos and diverted buses away from the shops.
During the meeting, the Chief Executive acknowledged that there had been problems with notifying traders of the works, and the timing of the works – in the run up to Christmas.
The council is now considering the evidence submitted by local business, and will shortly decide what to do to mitigate the loss of trade. Lynne Featherstone MP and traders suggested rates rebates or cash compensation, and also pushed for measures such as free parking on high streets to help boost trade in the future.
The Chief Executive agreed to meet with the local MP and traders again, once the final decision has been made.
Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“Local businesses really suffered because of the poorly planned road works, and the council need to take action to help traders out and mitigate the traders’ losses.
“Our local businesses and independent shops are such assets to our high streets – I will always fight to protect them and promote them wherever I can.
“I look forward to meeting again with the council, to find out what they will do to help the traders in the aftermath of the poorly planned roadworks.”