Continuing Support for Local Businesses on the Royal Standard

Cllr Geoff Brighty on the RSBTA Clean Up DayEarlier this month Blackheath Westcombe Councillor Geoff Brighty attended the second Annual General Meeting of the Royal Standard Business and Traders Association which was founded last year to act as a forum for local tradesmen to raise their concerns and work together to promote the Blackheath Royal Standard.

Over the last year the two Conservative Councillors for Blackheath Westcombe; Cllr Geoff Brighty and Cllr Alex Wilson have worked with the Royal Standard Business and Traders Association to stop the Council introducing new parking charges on Old Dover Road. The Council has launched a Borough-wide parking review and local traders favour introducing 2 hour free bays which would stop people taking up the bays all day and would in courage a flow of customers throughout the day, whereas research shows that introducing parking charges and abolishing the current free bays would deter customers from coming to the Royal Standard.

Deputy Chairman of Greenwich Conservatives Thomas Turrell at the opening of a new local business

The Royal Standard Business and Traders Association have also help   a range of events over the last year to draw new people to the area and increase trade, these events included A Jubilee street party, a 50thanniversary party for Magigals, a blessing of the Blackheath Funeral Directors Chapel, a cleanup session in the Charlton Pet Cemetery (held jointly with the Friends of the Charlton Pet Cemetery) and a cleanup session of Stratheden Road. At the AGM the Association reflected on the successful year and discussed how to build on that. Cllr Geoff Brighty said “I am delighted by the success of the Royal Standard Business and Traders Association over the last year. I would like to thank and congratulate the outgoing committee on their wonderful achievements and wish the incoming Committee all the best. It is good to see local businesses coming together to provide mutual support for the good of the area”. The Royal Standard Business and Traders Association AGM was also attended by local Conservative Toni Hale, who was the outgoing Secretary and Deputy Chairman of Greenwich Conservatives Thomas Turrell, a resident representative in the association.

Cllr Geoff Brighty called a meeting with Council Officers and local traders last September during the rent review and as a result has got the Council to agree not to increase the rent of the shops on the Royal Standard. Geoff Brighty said “It is great news for local businesses that they will not see their rent go up. I hope that this will help our local business community in Blackheath Westcombe continue to grow”.

The Labour run Greenwich Council have not made a single investment in the Blackheath Royal Standard for 35 years so in February Greenwich Conservatives pushed for four new area business boards to be established across the Borough to ensure that every community can see a return on the Council tax they pay, not just residents of Woolwich.