Labour Councillors have called for action on the growing number of vacant retail/restaurant premises on Edgware Road. The shop and restaurant premises are in a very poor condition, often fly-posted.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Labour City Management spokesperson, has written to both Westminster Council and the Marble Arch Business Improvement District (BID) to call for action be taken to work with property owners and landlords to bring these premises back in to use. He said:
“These empty units need to be brought back in to use, perhaps as ‘pop-ups’ to encourage new independent retailers and restaurateurs. Alternatively, these vacant premises could be occupied by artists or makers to showcase their works and provide an attractive and lively ground floor.”
“Edgware Road is both a local high street and an international destination. Action needs to be taken to get these empty premises back into use to serve residents and visitors.”