The last couple of days have seen queues of extraordinary length outside John Line the butchers in Harrow Road. It sets me thinking about how to promote the health of shopping areas, which are being doubly hit by the rise of Internet shopping and the ongoing recession.
I don't think that there can just be one solution. Looking at Harlesden Town Centre we do have a major advantage in the range of our food shops and we should seek to capitalise on that. Brent Council is also promoting a number of other measures, such as the use of meanwhile space and encouraging networking among businesses, but there is no doubt that the government's austerity and technological change give major headwinds.