I’ve been wondering what was happening to the old Miss London shop which has been empty for months. It occupies a prime site on the corner of the Uxbridge Road and Singapore Road. Now I know, it’s going to be a 97p shop and will sell alcohol along with its many other products.
We seem to be battling against a tide of betting shops, money lending shops and 99p or, in this case, 97p shops. The West Ealing shopping centre needs a balance so that our high street isn’t simply defined by budget shopping. Otherwise, a whole swathe of local residents have little reason to shop locally and their money goes out of the local economy. We need to find a way to strike a balance and I just don’t think it can be just left to market forces.