Radio Jackie interview Adrian Mills, Chairman of WVBA on The Villages on how rates and high rents are turning it into a ghost town.
Adrian Mills, Chairman of Wimbledon Village Business Association, chats to Jackie’s Lucy Mayer about his fears for the once affluent High Street. Click here to watch the interview
Affluent Wimbledon Village is not a place you would normally associate with money worries.
But, shop owners say the high street is dying because of a “lethal mix” of parking charges, high rents and business rate increases.
33 shops have closed in two years, and it’s not just the individuals.
Closures include Barclays Bank, Jack Wills, Cafe Rouge, Joules and Molton Brown.
Business owners say the blame lies firmly with Merton Council, which is to comment on the issue today.
They also claim that Wimbledon Village, which is “the jewel in the crown” because it is attracts visitors worldwide annually for the tennis, is being used to “prop up the rest of the borough.”