Really sad to read that Tlon books has closed. One of the few good things in the Elephant shopping centre, and it's gone. So that's the best restaurant (Pizzeria Castello) and the best shop closed down. RESULT!
Am I the only one getting cynical about the E&C "regeneration"? So far we're losing all the good independent businesses, and the much-vaunted lighting scheme that went up a couple of years ago is falling into decay. About 50% of the glass globes no longer work, they're all filthy and some are full of water. The new "decant" flats on St George's Road will destroy one of the few play spaces for children in the area.
And the final insult is that hoarding at the top of London Road, illustrating a load of fictional shops. Some of us remember when there were REAL shops there, which were closed down & squeezed out, the buildings allowed to rot by South Bank who wanted to knock them all down. Now we have "virtual" shops instead.
I've been in touch with the people at Tlon who ask that we should write to our councillors to express our dismay at the closure, and to say that Southwark should fulfil its pledge to keep small businesses in the Elephant running in the face of the regeneration.
Three appropriate councillors (as well as your own) would be:
Email [email protected]
Telephone Number 020 8693 3755 or 07939 537 642
It was nice to see so many nice things about my shop. There is a possibility of it re-opening.
Basically this is a regeneration problem. In the last 5 years, income has gone down badly, as local offices have closed and flats emptied. The area has become blighted, and demolitions have commenced. The council has repeatedly pledged to keep the small businesses in the shopping centre going, but has done little of substance. In the meantime, most of my costs, and especially the rent, have gone up or stayed the same, The result is obvious, and the same problem faces all the traders in the Centre to some extent. If something is to be done about this the council and the landlords need to be persuaded to be more accommodating.
Incidentally, it's not strictly correct to say that my rent has increased, although the landlord is seeking to increase it.
What can you do about it all? As Rupert suggests, you can contact your councillors (there is a full list on southwark.gov) and express your concern, and you can write to St Modwens in the same terms. There's also Simon Hughes to write to. It's up to you whether you emphasize this shop, the shopping centre, or the community in general. It's all the same issue really.
I have received lots of emails from people about the closure of Tlon Books from far beyond the local area and can see that clearly it has very loyal customers who value it greatly. I certianly support the view that Southwark Council should do everything it can to support local busiensses in the area while the regeneration is going on.
I am more than happy for people to continue to contact me about this, but wanted to make people aware that Cllrs Dixon-Fyle, Friary and myself represent Camberwell Green ward. The Councillors who cover that part of the Elephant and Castle are: