High Road's future a hot topic

by Will Davies The onset of pound shops, constant road works and messy street stalls were among a plethora of topics hotly discussed at a packed out meeting. The future of Kilburn High Road was tackled as traders, residents and politician

by Will Davies

The onset of pound shops, constant road works and messy street stalls were among a plethora of topics hotly discussed at a packed out meeting.

The future of Kilburn High Road was tackled as traders, residents and politicians gathered for Camden Council's area forum last week.

A fear of pound shops taking over the high road was undoubtedly the largest concern and many called for business rates to be lowered to attract 'better quality' shops, which would appeal to more affluent visitors.

Many suggested Brent and Camden councils take over empty shop units - especially in the middle section of the high road - and turn them into cultural centres to promote the arts and sport.

Sainsbury's was panned for presiding over a 'monopoly' with many residents saying a new ASDA would be warmly welcomed - as would a department store to replace Woolworths.

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Relentless road works, clogged up traffic, and a lack of signs to car parks were major points of contention.

w.davies@archant.co.uk