Worcester Park in Key campaign to support local businesses

Sutton Guardian: Loyalty card: The Worcester Park Key will save customers money if they shop local Loyalty card: The Worcester Park Key will save customers money if they shop local

Local retailers are rallying together to get more shoppers down the high street.

The Worcester Park Key magazine will be sent to residents and shop owners, making them aware of independent businesses in the area.

The publication comes with a free loyalty card offering deals at stores on Worcester Park High Street.

Over 30 local businesses will be listed in the magazine, including restaurants, opticians, school shops and menswear.

The retailers have clubbed together after seeing a marked reduction in customers visiting the high street.

The campaign was launched by independent business owner Raj Jain, who has been running Preview Menswear for 20 years.

He said: "Over the years we have noticed a drop in footfall, so we just want to show people that we are here.

"People need to know this is a good high street.

"There is a lot customers can benefit from and enjoy, so I hope the loyalty card will encourage them to come down."

The initiative starts on the week beginning June 6, when 10,000 copies will be dished out throughout the area.
 

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9:08am Thu 29 May 14

fargis says...

They could start by encouraging people to cycle to the town - putting in some decent cycle lanes and taking away the on road parking. There are literally only about 20 parking spaces which means only 20 people shopping. Putting in protected cycle lanes would encourage locals to shop more frequently and mean more people would be able to park (their bikes) in the town. At the moment the through traffic makes Worcester Park look busy, but it is really just congested. Loads of studies have found increasing local cycling increases local shopping and especially helps independent shops. If people aren't spending money on petrol, they can spend it in other ways.

But of course, people won't believe the facts, instead they will ask for more car parking spaces which leads to more congestion.
They could start by encouraging people to cycle to the town - putting in some decent cycle lanes and taking away the on road parking. There are literally only about 20 parking spaces which means only 20 people shopping. Putting in protected cycle lanes would encourage locals to shop more frequently and mean more people would be able to park (their bikes) in the town. At the moment the through traffic makes Worcester Park look busy, but it is really just congested. Loads of studies have found increasing local cycling increases local shopping and especially helps independent shops. If people aren't spending money on petrol, they can spend it in other ways. But of course, people won't believe the facts, instead they will ask for more car parking spaces which leads to more congestion. fargis
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8:33am Fri 30 May 14

Worcester Spark says...

I also run a business in Worcester Park. I am looking forward to this publication going out so as we can get the message to local people of all the knowledge and experience the retailers of Worcester Park have.
We are not just shop keepers, there is a wealth of services provided that people may not know about.

Martin
I also run a business in Worcester Park. I am looking forward to this publication going out so as we can get the message to local people of all the knowledge and experience the retailers of Worcester Park have. We are not just shop keepers, there is a wealth of services provided that people may not know about. Martin Worcester Spark
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5:30am Sat 14 Jun 14

Alex_Bradford says...

fargis wrote:
They could start by encouraging people to cycle to the town - putting in some decent cycle lanes and taking away the on road parking. There are literally only about 20 parking spaces which means only 20 people shopping. Putting in protected cycle lanes would encourage locals to shop more frequently and mean more people would be able to park (their bikes) in the town. At the moment the through traffic makes Worcester Park look busy, but it is really just congested. Loads of studies have found increasing local cycling increases local shopping and especially helps independent shops. If people aren't spending money on petrol, they can spend it in other ways.

But of course, people won't believe the facts, instead they will ask for more car parking spaces which leads to more congestion.
Congratulations to Worcester Park's traders - I have just received my card. I hope this innovative approach pays off for them. This is after Sutton Council's notorious Outer London Fund has (despite local warnings) utterly squandered £2.3 million in the High Street, with little to show for it... Except 10 months of roadworks, manufactured traffic queues where there weren't any before, repeated repairs to the things they've ill-advisedly touched and (predictably after causing chaos to local trade) more empty shops than before they started!

It seems, fargis is unaware that there is a 200 space FREE for 2 hours car park in Worcester Park, directly behind and 30 seconds walk from the High Street. This parking is crucial to the survival of the High Street traders, since most of us would have great difficulty carrying a week's shopping on a bicycle or on foot.

Also, who is the 'they' fargis expects to confiscate road car parking and set about constructing cycle lanes? I'm afraid anyone who expects this of Worcester Park's traders to highjack the public roads is seriously deluded. If 'they' refers to Sutton Council, I'm afraid recent history shows local our local Council will only squander money on pointless or self-defeating projects, encouraged by the outgoing, local Lib Dem Councillors.

Of the new intake, only 1 out of 6 appears to be really interested in engaging in high street issues... still, better than 0 - just!
[quote][p][bold]fargis[/bold] wrote: They could start by encouraging people to cycle to the town - putting in some decent cycle lanes and taking away the on road parking. There are literally only about 20 parking spaces which means only 20 people shopping. Putting in protected cycle lanes would encourage locals to shop more frequently and mean more people would be able to park (their bikes) in the town. At the moment the through traffic makes Worcester Park look busy, but it is really just congested. Loads of studies have found increasing local cycling increases local shopping and especially helps independent shops. If people aren't spending money on petrol, they can spend it in other ways. But of course, people won't believe the facts, instead they will ask for more car parking spaces which leads to more congestion.[/p][/quote]Congratulations to Worcester Park's traders - I have just received my card. I hope this innovative approach pays off for them. This is after Sutton Council's notorious Outer London Fund has (despite local warnings) utterly squandered £2.3 million in the High Street, with little to show for it... Except 10 months of roadworks, manufactured traffic queues where there weren't any before, repeated repairs to the things they've ill-advisedly touched and (predictably after causing chaos to local trade) more empty shops than before they started! It seems, fargis is unaware that there is a 200 space FREE for 2 hours car park in Worcester Park, directly behind and 30 seconds walk from the High Street. This parking is crucial to the survival of the High Street traders, since most of us would have great difficulty carrying a week's shopping on a bicycle or on foot. Also, who is the 'they' fargis expects to confiscate road car parking and set about constructing cycle lanes? I'm afraid anyone who expects this of Worcester Park's traders to highjack the public roads is seriously deluded. If 'they' refers to Sutton Council, I'm afraid recent history shows local our local Council will only squander money on pointless or self-defeating projects, encouraged by the outgoing, local Lib Dem Councillors. Of the new intake, only 1 out of 6 appears to be really interested in engaging in high street issues... still, better than 0 - just! Alex_Bradford
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