Locals in Herne Hill locals are uniting to fight off unwanted changes to their area.
Dulwich Estates are charging very high rents, and are increasing rents for local businesses by 70%. Some of those businesses are only just finding their feet after the devastating floods that hit Herne Hill two years ago, and are now being priced out by their landlord.
One of the shops, Just Williams in Herne Hill which has operated from its Half Moon Lane venue for 11 years, had to close last weekend due to the high rent prices. Locals – both adults and children were heartbroken by the closure of their favourite toy shop and staged a protest last Saturday.
It’s wonderful independent shops like Just Williams that give Herne Hill its delightful, unique urban-village feel. Charging exorbitant rents that drive out these independent shops could lead to the big chains moving in and Half Moon Lane will become another soulless high street.
Locals feel that Dulwich Estates are a charity yet they appear to be acting like unfair landlords. They do not appear to be engaging with, or acting in the interests of the local community. The people of Herne Hill only want to protect their shops and local businesses.
Herne Hill businesses and locals want Dulwich Estates to put people ahead of profit and consider the impact the rent rises will have on the surrounding area and to act like a responsible landlord and support the local community. Please show your support and help shops like Just Williams stay by signing this petition.
Are you sad to see Just Williams go? What impact will the rising rent increase have on other businesses? Please comment below…