High street traders unite to make a change

Ann Keen MP brings business owners together

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Traders along Brentford High Street have been bought together by local councillors and Ann Keen MP to find ways of revitalizing the town centre in advance of the long-awaited redevelopment.

In a well-attended meeting owners of shops, pubs and other businesses discussed ways of making changes to the High Street. These included looking at ways of providing extra parking spaces and reducing the cost of parking for short periods down to 10p or even free, improving the signage so that drivers and pedestrians know what's on offer, ensuring that more efforts are made to rent out vacant shops and push forward the installation of CCTV.

Meeting organiser Ann Keen said "It was a very productive meeting and I am liaising with Hounslow Homes, the local police and the council to see how best we can support the traders. Whilst we welcome the much needed regeneration of Brentford it is vital that our local independent shops receive the support they need. I will be working with all parties to resolve problems with parking, lighting and the welcome return of the farmers market to a new location in the High Street."

Anyone with any suggestions on how to change things for the better can visit www.brentfordhighstreet.co.uk and leave a message for the organisers.

March 23, 2006