020 8882 7888

call-to-action call-to-action-mobile

CREATING THE RIGHT FORMULA TO REGENERATE OUR HIGH STREETS by Helen Osman

Tue 22 Jul 2014

By Guest Blogger Helen Osman@ N21online.com

The Times Bricks & Mortar section has published an interesting article (July 18th) entitled 'The high streets that survived and thrived'.  It looks at a number of towns with successful high streets and points to a correlation between towns and local areas which are full of great independent shops "not jammed with chain stores and strangulated by one way systems".  Few people would argue with the article's assertion that "what makes a high street great is open to debate, but the bustling focal point to a village or town is a fantastic selling point for property and can add significantly to an area's cachet and prices".

In the July cabinet reshuffle, Penny Mordaunt MP was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, with responsibility for breathing fresh life into our local high streets. Her predecessor, Brandon Lewis launched a contest last month (June 2014) to find the best local high streets in the country, results to be announced later in the year. Will there be any common denominators?

 

As we wait to find out, here is a possible formula for the high street. However it requires local authorities and government bodies to actually deliver real benefits, not just pay lip service to the work of Mary Portas et al. It uses the acronym CREATE, as success can be created, we can no longer leave it to chance, because the business environment has never been more complex, requiring many skills that perhaps small, independent business owners do not have. Whilst most towns do have some sort of town centre management, it needs to be more creative and innovative to have any real chance in revitalising local high streets.

 

CREATE

Create the right conditions. Offer reduced business rates, enforce landlords to reduce rates once a building has been unoccupied for a certain length of time; encourage them to offer low risk 'pop up' opportunities; provide free or cheap parking options (see case study).

 

RECRUIT

Actively recruit businesses which are likely to attract people to the local area and offfer them incentives and support. Whilst business owners must have control over their own business identity, any new business should add not detract from the existing businesses, providing products and services which are not already on the high street; or else high quality alternatives that have the potential to bring in more people.

 

EDUCATE

Business owners must not be complacent, but encouraged (and educated) to understand that their business must constantly evolve, to meet people's changing needs and expectations. This may be seen as meddling by some, but they need to understand that people have so many ways they can spend their money, business owners need help to give their offers fresh and appealing. An adaption of the old adage 'you are never too old to learn'?

 

ATTRACT

To attract people to spend money in their local area, the local environment and the individual businesses must be attractive. Local authorities must reinvest in local shopping centres, removing unwanted street furniture, putting in features that people will take pleasure in. The same applies to the businesses, just because they are there doesn't mean they automatically have a right to be used, they need to earn their keep. Perhaps local authorities could provide low cost loans to encourage people to invest in making their businesses more attractive. If this is part of a holistic campaign they should be guaranteed a return on their investment.

 

TARGET

The goods and services must be targeted at the people who live in the local area who are the most likely to want to use them and should be marketed to the local population throughout the year, to serve as constant reminders to use, 'use us or lose us'. Weaning people off the convenience of online shopping and supermarkets can only be done if people are given real and tangible benefits from shopping and spending money in their local area.

 

ECONOMIC VITALITY

Enjoy, or perhaps you can come up with a better use for the final E!

 

There is a short case study of one such regeneration project, featured by the Times, a town I know well and visit whenever I am in the area. It is a regeneration story based on all of the above.

 

WHY NARBETH?

Narberth is a little town in Pembrokeshire, which has changed from a dull little backwater to a thriving destination for locals and tourists, over the past two decades, a period when many other small towns and local high streets have struggled. The town's success has been largely thanks to the work of the Narberth Action Group and a planned step-by-step regeneration programme. Two decades ago its high street was insignificant, shabby and run down, with a number of empty premises. The Narberth Action Group drew up a plan for the town, centred on making it a destination, with interesting shops, quality places to eat and drink, galleries, bookshops and frequent events throughout the year, to draw people into the town.

 

Pembrokeshire County Council was persuaded to reduce business rates, which reduced the risks for new businesses. The Action Group then managed to get the Council and other key groups such as the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) to sponsor the creation of workshop units for business start-ups and the provision of business start-up advice, and, then, a comprehensive programme of environmental improvements in the town.

 

Alongside this, the Council provided free limited-stay on street car parking and £1 for the use of the car park in the town. This no longer applies, but parking charges are low and not a deterrent to spending time in the town.

 

You can read more about the Narbeth regeneration plan in the Why Narberth?: How one community regenerated while others fell by the wayside. A case study by The Tavistock Institute – Evaluation Development and Review Unit. here

 

And visit narberthonline.com - every town should have an online portal?

 

Will having a woman managing this vital portfolio make a jot of difference? Someone who understands how high streets are used, as women are the primary users of most local high streets. We will have to wait and see.

"Thanking you all sincerely for the great service you provided in the sale of our property.May 2016 be a great year for all. Special thank you to Martin. "
Mustafa Adem

News Archive

November 2017

Landlord evening - Monday, 4 December

July 2017

Past Times... James Henry Leigh Hunt

Parliamentary Comment by Bambos Charalambous MP

A note from David Burrowes

March 2017

We are looking for a Saturday person

February 2017

Dont reverse the remarkable transformation in Londons schools

Mortgage interest relief changes from April 2017

Introducing Barbara Strong

January 2017

Do you run a business from home?

December 2016

Forever in your debt - Councillor's Corner by Cllr. Bambos Charalambous

Boundary change? It's nothing new by Joe Studman

Cleaning Up London�s Air - A view from City Hall by Joanne McCartney AM

November 2016

Maintaining your rental property by Mick Lawton

October 2016

The Broomfield Park crow that inspired me to write a book by Helen Fox

The Minchenden Oak Southgate Green

Surprise! Surprise! The end of Enfield Southgate? By David Burrowes MP

Urban Wonders – Constantinos Ptochopoulos

Palmers Green – London’s First Choice Community

September 2016

Brexit: - How will the UK’s decision to leave the EU affect Family Law? by Rene Panayiotou

Home Care Preferred wins top accolade at the Health Investor Awards 2016...

The top 5 reasons why you should use an accountant by Alex Chrysostomou

Hazelwood Schools triumph in Leukaemia Cancer Society Writing Competition by Melanie Gonsalves

Making Palmers Green safer by Cllr. Bambos Charalambous

Past Times The tale of the New River by Ellie Sales

More control for London by Deputy Mayor Joanne McCartney

Property Overview by Tony Ourris

July 2016

Michèle Janes creates original abstract art.

Man v's Mountain - John Batten climbs Kilimanjaro in aid of Scope

A touch of Mediterranean class

Introducing local artist Christos Chrysanthou

June 2016

Silver Fit Fridays at Broomfield Park

11 Ways you could be devaluing your property without even knowing it. By Martin McKelvey

It’s time to CELEBRATE at the Firs Farm Festival

Children learn Greek through music and movement at Asterakia!

Osidge celebrates its 80th Anniversary

May 2016

The Cherry Tree by Gary Boudier

Enfield Chamber Orchestra by Sally Isaacs

The Cypriot Wine Festival & Business Expo 2016

April 2016

Zebras Childrens Club C.I.C

The Palmers Green Community Art Gallery

Enfield Community Transport by Philip Hammond

How to divide property between siblings

Are you getting the correct rent for your rental property?

March 2016

Why I will Vote Leave - David Burrowes

New rule on Tax on Share Dividends by Alex Chrysostomou

February 2016

Landlords are set to be hit with an EXTRA 3% stamp duty.

Poetry for all in Palmers Green

January 2016

Why a FOR SALE board can help you find your perfect buyer.

Past Times, Lord Lipton and Osidge Mansion, Southgate

Palmers Green Tales by Jenny Bourke

Photography Check List

Right to Rent, Landlords responsibility

How Amatsu can help you tackle your pain

Growbaby Enfield

Home Care Preferred – Award winning local business celebrating their fourth year in business

December 2015

Our guide to selling your home fast in Palmers Green by Martin McKelvey

Competition Time

Saying thank you to community groups By Cllr. Bambos Charalambous

Sushi Inn – Much more than just sushi

Buy to let property investment

What’s wrong with the Cycle Enfield options for Enfield Town?

Roll on Mini Holland! By Clare Rogers

November 2015

Landords get the raw end of the deal again.

Safe Removals – taking the stress out moving house in London

Rightmove starts campaign to push Christmas portal visits

London rents are rising well above the national average.

Right to Rent is rolled out across England, ARLA explains what this means to renters and landlords

October 2015

Enfield house price gains above the London average

It's a Scream!

Ruth Winston Centre celebrates 50 years

September 2015

Tony makes his stance clear on the new Cycle Enfield proposals

Property with potential by Anthony Webb Estate Agents Palmers Green

Landlords don’t delay install your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors today!

August 2015

Reading between the lines of the Cycle Enfield Project

Simple tips to spruce up your home on a budget

Let the public decide! by David Burrowes MP

Save Our Green Lanes by Paul Mandel

July 2015

What are the alternatives to moving into a care home?

Are you ready for retirement?

Exciting developments for Firs Farm Park & Wetlands

Is the rebuilding of Broomfield House on the horizon?

DIY – When is it time to call in an expert?

Operation Fish – Helping the housebound in Southgate, Oakwood, Cockfosters and Palmers Green

Hazelwood Recreation Ground successfully obtains funding for a new Multi-Use Games Area

Arnos Grove's Canine Capers Dog Show returns Saturday 26th September

FUFU - Chinese dining at its best in Palmers Green

Local Fire Fighter bikes through The Gambia for better health care

The Palmers Green Festival returns Friday 6th September

Thinking of extending your home - what are the planning rules?

Negotiating deposit deductions with your tenants

Monday's Property Market Review 13th July 2015

June 2015

Monday's Property Market Review 29th June 2015

Most tenants are perfectly happy with their landlords

Don't get caught out, make sure your deposits are protected

Greek Leaders in Business awards 2015

House Prices In Newham, Lewisham, Enfield Rising By More Than 16% A Year

Monday's Property Market review 8th June

Success for Broomfield Park in Palmers Green

May 2015

Top Tips for choosing your estate agent

Monday's Property Market review 1st June

Cheap buy-to-let mortgage deals on the rise

Monday’s Property Market Review 18th May 2015

Local resident Shirley Rose raises funds for the Nepal earthquake victims

Great article by Maurice Kilbride on how to choose an estate agent

Monday’s Property Market Review 11th May 2015

Headway the national brain injury charity

In the Garden with Paul Knight

Pre-empting politics By Jan Thompson

Monday’s Property Market Review 4th May 2015

April 2015

Enfield Southgate Election candidates 2015

Palmers Green market rises again as MarketN13

Broomfield Park in Palmers Green is Growing and Getting Wilder!

An awfully big adventure Chickenshed Theatre

J.E. Pipkin on how painting has given him a way of life

The Green Deal - Helping to benefit your pocket and your planet By Tony Ourris

A foolish day for change By Reg Hart

March 2015

Victory for landlords regarding selective licensing

Over a quarter of prospective UK buyers not confident about mortgage applications

MARCH 18 - MAY 11TH AT VENUES AROUND ENFIELD, PALMERS GREEN AND BOUNDS GREEN

Alexander’s & Co Chartered Accountants

Maintaining Enfield's Schools by Cllr. Bambos Charalambous

Enfield Local Studies Library & Archive

What's happening with Enfield landlord licensing?

Past Times, Our long lost Cinemas by Ellie Sales

February 2015

Calling Enfield Residents and Business people - People's Question Time - Haringey

Tumble into Alice's Wonderland at Noah's Ark Children's Hospice's

‘Buskathon’ in aid of Red Nose Day 2015

Pension reforms to give buy-to-let extra boost

Action For Kids - supporting disabled children and young people

Chapman Pieri Solicitors, Southgate - Child Maintenance

Local business Munch Better, wins Startup of the year 2014

The Finchley and Friern Barnet Operatic Society

Greater London breaks property records

Record start to 2015 but sellers will have to work harder this year according to Rightmove

Tax year-end: Taxing times

Never Again - Parliamentary Comment by David Burrowes MP

Palmers Green resident and 'Brown Owl' Dorren Oatham receives a British Empire Medal

Cycle Enfield: What does it mean for residents and shop keepers in Palmers Green?

Actor Daniel Caltagirone talks to Anthony Webb about his recent movie filmed in Palmers Green

January 2015

1st Impressions really do count when it comes to selling your home

Hazelwood Rec to get £45K for a multi-use games area

£138,000 penalty for an Enfield landlord's illegal bedsits

What does the launch of On The Market mean for people selling homes in Palmers Green and Southgate?

Tony talks to Palmers Green Tales about why he loves working in Palmers Green

Enfield Press Release - Find out more about Cycle Enfield

Your local accountant – How to pass property to your children and pay less tax

Ye Olde Thatched Cottage, Palmers Green

Choosing the right holiday cottage break By Wendy Boast

Firs Farm - An exciting community space project that needs your VOTE

Southgate District Civic Trust – Past, Present & Future By Jane Maggs

North London Stand-up Comedian, Chris Marco K, raises funds for Little Heroes

Why I am not currently signing up to OnTheMarket.com

Getting Fit and Healthy in 2015 by Gail Hadley of North London Fitness

Cheaper holidays as the value of the Euro slides, by Scott’s Travel in Southgate

December 2014

The legal rights of unmarried couples. By Martha Koumbas

How to keep your Buy To Let property winter-proof – advice from ARLA

HIGH COURT QUASHES ENFIELD LANDLORD LICENSING SCHEME

High Court Judge Quashes Enfield’s UNFAIR land lord licensing scheme By Tony Ourris

Flexible friends by Jan Thompson

Do you really own your home?

Childrenʼs International Voices of Enfield

Hazelwood School Christmas Bazaar THIS SUNDAY

Where did 2014 go? By Tony Ourris

November 2014

Our case has been heard. And now... The Queen (on the application of Regas) v LB Enfield

Do you have the Will to protect your wealth from the ever-present threat of Inheritance Tax By Jan Thompson

Challenge of entire Enfield additional and selective licensing scheme in High Court: Wed 26 Nov 2014

Savour the Season - A Family Favourite, Coconut Cake

Volunteering locally this festive season by Steve Kelly

Parliamentary Comment by David Burrowes MP

Lone Star and Father Christmas, by local resident, and journalist Reg Hart

An Update on Enfield councils UNFAIR licensing scheme.

The Centenary Remembrance Service held on Armistice Day in Broomfield Park

Don't forget the Designer Craft & Art Fair this weekend

Supporting Local High Streets this Holiday Season

Lest We Forget, Palmers Green Centenary Remembrance Service

Truro House, a development of distinction

October 2014

Calling all Landlords in Palmers Green, Southgate or Winchmore Hill!

LESTER CLAYTON PRESENTS... LUKE CAREY

Will we get quieter neighbourhoods? by Clare Rogers

Forty Hall Community Vineyard by Sarah Vaughan-Roberts

Shop Local This Christmas, By Emma Rigby

Crossrail 2 and its possible affects on New Southgate, Southgate and Palmers Green

Designer Craft & Art Fair Sunday 16th November

Free parking pilot scheme launched by Enfield Council.

Anthony Webb launches their new Southgate and Lakes Estate Estate Agency

Poetry in Palmers Green This Saturday 18th Oct

Bid for money to restore Broomfield Park Garden of Remembrance

THE WALKER CRICKET GROUND - GRAND FIREWORKS EVENT SAT 8th NOV.

Almost four in ten oppose Labour's mansion tax – poll

Lender competition drives mortgage product numbers to record high

Research reveals how little mortgage holders in UK know about their finances

Black History Month - Black People in Britain before the Windrush

Consider this your Willy Wonka golden ticket and visit Mosacia at The Chocolate Factory, you won't be disappointed.

Past Times, Southgate Circus as featured in our October magazine

September 2014

What does the future hold for Broomfield House? By Cllr. Bambos Charalambous

Don’t throw it away – give it away on Freegle By Liz Douglas

Cycle Enfield: Translating the bid into bike lanes by Helen Osman

Zero house price growth recorded in September for first time in 19 months, according to latest Hometrack National Housing Survey

Broomfield Park’s Garden of Remembrance, Palmers Green

Anthony Webb Estate Agents launch our Lakes Estate & Southgate branch

Why moving home can improve your relationships. By Alexia Charalambous

What could Enfield Council achieve if they bring in Ben Hamilton-Baillie to get Enfield moving and socialising? By Helen Osman

Hazelwood Rec – Palmers Green’s best kept secret By Caroline Kingham

Hazelwood Rec – Palmers Green’s best kept secret By Caroline Kingham

Enfield - Leading the way with new technology by Cllr. Bambos Charalambous

People will pay over 10% more for thier property to be within 500m from a station says Nationwide

UK house prices still rising but could be affected by Scot vote and 2015 election

Storing your clutter could make you money!

Campaign against Landlord Licensing in Enfield

A condensation guide for homeowners

Location is key to the perfect home.

Noah's Ark's 500 Hours of Volunteering in one weekend!

Rolling back time, Southgate in the 1950's.

August 2014

LESTER CLAYTON PRESENTS... PALMERS GREEN FESTIVAL

It's "NOT" official The Fox has been "NOT" been sold! Let's remember its history

WHAT COULD ENFIELD COUNCIL ACHIEVE IF THEY BRING IN BEN HAMILTON-BAILLIE TO GET ENFIELD MOVING AND SOCIALISING? By Helen Osman

July 2014

Enfield Council's "unfair" landlord licensing scheme

Report identifies a down sizing trend in UK property market

Lest We Forget

Free summer activities for young people 13 to 19 in Enfield

CREATING THE RIGHT FORMULA TO REGENERATE OUR HIGH STREETS by Helen Osman

Mark Carney: Interest rates to rise sooner than expected

Community News Update

Our own restoration project in Palmers Green

Is the Property Market Slowing Down?

Community event in Winchmore Hill this Sunday

Palmers Green & Stevie Smith

Play tennis in Palmers Green, Southgate and Enfield

The New Plamers Green Clock arrives just in time!

June 2014

Selling Property in Southgate? Here's an offer not to be missed

This History of Conway Rec,N14 - Southgate and their centenary celebrations.

Network Rail Expansion Plans that affects Palmers Green Train Line N13. By Bambos Charalambous

Winchmore Hill - N21 Super Summer Sunday!

The Enfield Food Gatherer by Emma Lundie

Mortgages By Kate Faulker

Palmers Green Shopping Carnival – July 5th

Barnet Property Set to Rise by 20.7%

We are currently recruiting

Announcing our new Lakes Estate & Southgate branch

Palmers Greenery - a Community Café for Broomfield Park

Hazelwood School - A Brazilian Affair

OUR NEW LOGO

May 2014

Design and make your own porcelain house number

Election Results for Palmers Green Ward

New Sainsbury's Local on our High street

Open Studios & Art Trail

April 2014

Stopping traffic to let children play

Future is bright for first time buyers

What are you looking for?

Government helps more than 100,000 home buyers