A new campaign has been launched by small business owner Oliver Eakin to save local shops and food outlets in Berrylands who are currently under threat afer being “neglected and forgoten” by Kingston Council. Oliver is campaigning for locals to leave their Oyster Card at home and to shop local rather than heading in to town.
Kingston Independent Residents Group has witnessed countless offices popping up all over Berrylands’ streets. At one point Berrylands shopping parade had two mini supermarkets, a butchers and a greengrocers however with small shops closing at an alarming rate, landlords are preferring to rent their shops as cheap office space. Despite being a key focus from the two Conservative councillors in the 2014 election, Berrylands has seen little to no support for it’s local businesses from either side of the council.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. Once again Berrylands has been let down by the council with The Conservatives completely failing on their promises to the residents in 2014. They seem over the moon that they gave 30 minutes free parking to cars in Kingston however seeing as our streets never charged in the first place that’s useless- if anything they have encouraged residents to do their shopping in town.”
Anyone interested in supporting Berrylands’ small businesses should contact Oliver directly on O.Eakin@KingstonIndependents.