The Future of Blackheath Standard

Over the years Greenwich Council has done little to help traders in the Standard. Recently the Council is looking to put up the rent up but yet they are doing little in the way of town centre management to encourage people to shop there. The standard dates back to 1848 and in the early 1990's it was the forth largest shopping area in the borough after Greenwich Town Centre, Eltham and Woolwich, however in recent years it has declined. This has of course been partly because of new shopping areas opening up on the peninsula but also because of the Council's neglect of the area. There are few organised Christmas celebrations or other events which would help to encourage people to use this local and vital shopping facility. The Council must consider its rent increases if the standard is to survive, if something isn't done soon then this wonderful local shopping area could be lost for ever.