Chair and treasurer of business body launched to boost high street step down due to lack of interest

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Two leading members of an organisation relaunched to boost a struggling high street have resigned due to 'unbelievable apathy'.

Chairwoman Rachel Root and treasurer Michele Redgrave say they have seen interest in the Wanstead Business Partnership slowly wane over the last eight months.

Mrs Redgrave, who owns Images in Frames in High Street, said: "The apathy was unbelievable.

"We have to have a bit more involvement from everyone – there are around 250 businesses in Wanstead, but only four other business owners came to the last meeting.

"I will always support what the partnership does, but I am stepping down and it is a shame it has come to this."

Mrs Root, who runs the Orange Tree in High Street, said: "My decision to step down as chair is not one I have taken lightly.

"I have great enthusiasm for the high street and I am more than happy to help out, but I have to put my own business first.

"The partnership needs someone with more time than I have and someone with big ideas. I just can’t be the only one, along with Michele, doing anything."

The partnership devised a poster and leaflet campaign to encourage shoppers to spend money in the area in the run up to Christmas.

However, traders said although the campaign raised awareness, there was not a significant upturn in sales.

Mrs Redgrave and Mrs Root will stay in position until replacements can be found.

Anyone interested can email Mrs Root at shop@orangetreedirect.co.uk.

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4:08pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

The truth is that wanstead High Street is sounding the Death Knell.

Coffee Shops and Pizzas is the offerings with any retail unit offering very little except tatty old 'fancy goods shops' selling framed pictures of er the word 'Wanstead' and other mass produced junk from China.

Second hand Fridges and washing machines, Charedy Shops, estate agents, Dismal looking cafes and Restaurants without note, Big issue sellers, beggars, drunks on benches and a 'Farmers Market' without any farmers affecting the already struggling trades.

May as well by pass, jump on Tube and lose oneself at Westfield. where you at least have a better chance of not getting mugged when you make a cash withdrawel at the Bank.
The truth is that wanstead High Street is sounding the Death Knell. Coffee Shops and Pizzas is the offerings with any retail unit offering very little except tatty old 'fancy goods shops' selling framed pictures of er the word 'Wanstead' and other mass produced junk from China. Second hand Fridges and washing machines, Charedy Shops, estate agents, Dismal looking cafes and Restaurants without note, Big issue sellers, beggars, drunks on benches and a 'Farmers Market' without any farmers affecting the already struggling trades. May as well by pass, jump on Tube and lose oneself at Westfield. where you at least have a better chance of not getting mugged when you make a cash withdrawel at the Bank. Cornbeefur
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4:24pm Fri 8 Feb 13

LakeBreeze says...

While I agree that there are too many **** coffee shops, because THAT MUCH is true, everything else you said there is a lie, Cornbeefur, and a misrepresentation of this high street, which is -- at least for now -- very different from the apocalyptic vision you paint.

Thanks a BUNCH for putting total libel out there and putting people off from coming to this still-viable and still-charming high street even more.

YOU are the death knell with your slander.
While I agree that there are too many **** coffee shops, because THAT MUCH is true, everything else you said there is a lie, Cornbeefur, and a misrepresentation of this high street, which is -- at least for now -- very different from the apocalyptic vision you paint. Thanks a BUNCH for putting total libel out there and putting people off from coming to this still-viable and still-charming high street even more. YOU are the death knell with your slander. LakeBreeze
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6:30pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

LakeBreeze wrote:
While I agree that there are too many **** coffee shops, because THAT MUCH is true, everything else you said there is a lie, Cornbeefur, and a misrepresentation of this high street, which is -- at least for now -- very different from the apocalyptic vision you paint.

Thanks a BUNCH for putting total libel out there and putting people off from coming to this still-viable and still-charming high street even more.

YOU are the death knell with your slander.
How am I telling lies? It is true.

Are you denying that there are said shabby shops there and dreadful Take Aways and Estate Agents.

The High Street there is sinking like a holed ship.
[quote][p][bold]LakeBreeze[/bold] wrote: While I agree that there are too many **** coffee shops, because THAT MUCH is true, everything else you said there is a lie, Cornbeefur, and a misrepresentation of this high street, which is -- at least for now -- very different from the apocalyptic vision you paint. Thanks a BUNCH for putting total libel out there and putting people off from coming to this still-viable and still-charming high street even more. YOU are the death knell with your slander.[/p][/quote]How am I telling lies? It is true. Are you denying that there are said shabby shops there and dreadful Take Aways and Estate Agents. The High Street there is sinking like a holed ship. Cornbeefur
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11:10pm Sat 9 Feb 13

fgdfsdf says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
The truth is that wanstead High Street is sounding the Death Knell.

Coffee Shops and Pizzas is the offerings with any retail unit offering very little except tatty old 'fancy goods shops' selling framed pictures of er the word 'Wanstead' and other mass produced junk from China.

Second hand Fridges and washing machines, Charedy Shops, estate agents, Dismal looking cafes and Restaurants without note, Big issue sellers, beggars, drunks on benches and a 'Farmers Market' without any farmers affecting the already struggling trades.

May as well by pass, jump on Tube and lose oneself at Westfield. where you at least have a better chance of not getting mugged when you make a cash withdrawel at the Bank.
For someone that sits so highly on the moral high ground, your morals are questionable. Within your diatribe you quote Big Issue sellers as a reason for the decline of the high street. For whatever reasons people end up homeless, Big Issue sellers are people that are trying to rebuild their lives through honest work.

They are out in all weathers selling the magazine so that they can afford to pay for food and shelter. When you are homeless you will be grateful for such an opportunity to earn a living.

Please think before you air your views on life. Your airings show you to be far worse than those you condemn.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: The truth is that wanstead High Street is sounding the Death Knell. Coffee Shops and Pizzas is the offerings with any retail unit offering very little except tatty old 'fancy goods shops' selling framed pictures of er the word 'Wanstead' and other mass produced junk from China. Second hand Fridges and washing machines, Charedy Shops, estate agents, Dismal looking cafes and Restaurants without note, Big issue sellers, beggars, drunks on benches and a 'Farmers Market' without any farmers affecting the already struggling trades. May as well by pass, jump on Tube and lose oneself at Westfield. where you at least have a better chance of not getting mugged when you make a cash withdrawel at the Bank.[/p][/quote]For someone that sits so highly on the moral high ground, your morals are questionable. Within your diatribe you quote Big Issue sellers as a reason for the decline of the high street. For whatever reasons people end up homeless, Big Issue sellers are people that are trying to rebuild their lives through honest work. They are out in all weathers selling the magazine so that they can afford to pay for food and shelter. When you are homeless you will be grateful for such an opportunity to earn a living. Please think before you air your views on life. Your airings show you to be far worse than those you condemn. fgdfsdf
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7:56am Sun 10 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

fgdfsdf wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
The truth is that wanstead High Street is sounding the Death Knell.

Coffee Shops and Pizzas is the offerings with any retail unit offering very little except tatty old 'fancy goods shops' selling framed pictures of er the word 'Wanstead' and other mass produced junk from China.

Second hand Fridges and washing machines, Charedy Shops, estate agents, Dismal looking cafes and Restaurants without note, Big issue sellers, beggars, drunks on benches and a 'Farmers Market' without any farmers affecting the already struggling trades.

May as well by pass, jump on Tube and lose oneself at Westfield. where you at least have a better chance of not getting mugged when you make a cash withdrawel at the Bank.
For someone that sits so highly on the moral high ground, your morals are questionable. Within your diatribe you quote Big Issue sellers as a reason for the decline of the high street. For whatever reasons people end up homeless, Big Issue sellers are people that are trying to rebuild their lives through honest work.

They are out in all weathers selling the magazine so that they can afford to pay for food and shelter. When you are homeless you will be grateful for such an opportunity to earn a living.

Please think before you air your views on life. Your airings show you to be far worse than those you condemn.
I agree with you about The Big Issue Sellers but everyone knows that one gets dropped off every morning by a well to do looking person in a large BMW or Mercedes and is hardly homeless.

In fact you do not actually have to be Homeless to sell the Magazine.

What is strange is that in every major Town and City around the UK many of the prominent pitches are occupied by East Europeans and this is a lucrative trade for many with the money being sent home.

Go round the A406 and most junctions are occupied by similar flower sellers.
[quote][p][bold]fgdfsdf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: The truth is that wanstead High Street is sounding the Death Knell. Coffee Shops and Pizzas is the offerings with any retail unit offering very little except tatty old 'fancy goods shops' selling framed pictures of er the word 'Wanstead' and other mass produced junk from China. Second hand Fridges and washing machines, Charedy Shops, estate agents, Dismal looking cafes and Restaurants without note, Big issue sellers, beggars, drunks on benches and a 'Farmers Market' without any farmers affecting the already struggling trades. May as well by pass, jump on Tube and lose oneself at Westfield. where you at least have a better chance of not getting mugged when you make a cash withdrawel at the Bank.[/p][/quote]For someone that sits so highly on the moral high ground, your morals are questionable. Within your diatribe you quote Big Issue sellers as a reason for the decline of the high street. For whatever reasons people end up homeless, Big Issue sellers are people that are trying to rebuild their lives through honest work. They are out in all weathers selling the magazine so that they can afford to pay for food and shelter. When you are homeless you will be grateful for such an opportunity to earn a living. Please think before you air your views on life. Your airings show you to be far worse than those you condemn.[/p][/quote]I agree with you about The Big Issue Sellers but everyone knows that one gets dropped off every morning by a well to do looking person in a large BMW or Mercedes and is hardly homeless. In fact you do not actually have to be Homeless to sell the Magazine. What is strange is that in every major Town and City around the UK many of the prominent pitches are occupied by East Europeans and this is a lucrative trade for many with the money being sent home. Go round the A406 and most junctions are occupied by similar flower sellers. Cornbeefur
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7:59am Sun 10 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
fgdfsdf wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
The truth is that wanstead High Street is sounding the Death Knell.

Coffee Shops and Pizzas is the offerings with any retail unit offering very little except tatty old 'fancy goods shops' selling framed pictures of er the word 'Wanstead' and other mass produced junk from China.

Second hand Fridges and washing machines, Charedy Shops, estate agents, Dismal looking cafes and Restaurants without note, Big issue sellers, beggars, drunks on benches and a 'Farmers Market' without any farmers affecting the already struggling trades.

May as well by pass, jump on Tube and lose oneself at Westfield. where you at least have a better chance of not getting mugged when you make a cash withdrawel at the Bank.
For someone that sits so highly on the moral high ground, your morals are questionable. Within your diatribe you quote Big Issue sellers as a reason for the decline of the high street. For whatever reasons people end up homeless, Big Issue sellers are people that are trying to rebuild their lives through honest work.

They are out in all weathers selling the magazine so that they can afford to pay for food and shelter. When you are homeless you will be grateful for such an opportunity to earn a living.

Please think before you air your views on life. Your airings show you to be far worse than those you condemn.
I agree with you about The Big Issue Sellers but everyone knows that one gets dropped off every morning by a well to do looking person in a large BMW or Mercedes and is hardly homeless.

In fact you do not actually have to be Homeless to sell the Magazine.

What is strange is that in every major Town and City around the UK many of the prominent pitches are occupied by East Europeans and this is a lucrative trade for many with the money being sent home.

Go round the A406 and most junctions are occupied by similar flower sellers.
Maybe people should remember this story :-


http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-lon
don-11347134
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fgdfsdf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: The truth is that wanstead High Street is sounding the Death Knell. Coffee Shops and Pizzas is the offerings with any retail unit offering very little except tatty old 'fancy goods shops' selling framed pictures of er the word 'Wanstead' and other mass produced junk from China. Second hand Fridges and washing machines, Charedy Shops, estate agents, Dismal looking cafes and Restaurants without note, Big issue sellers, beggars, drunks on benches and a 'Farmers Market' without any farmers affecting the already struggling trades. May as well by pass, jump on Tube and lose oneself at Westfield. where you at least have a better chance of not getting mugged when you make a cash withdrawel at the Bank.[/p][/quote]For someone that sits so highly on the moral high ground, your morals are questionable. Within your diatribe you quote Big Issue sellers as a reason for the decline of the high street. For whatever reasons people end up homeless, Big Issue sellers are people that are trying to rebuild their lives through honest work. They are out in all weathers selling the magazine so that they can afford to pay for food and shelter. When you are homeless you will be grateful for such an opportunity to earn a living. Please think before you air your views on life. Your airings show you to be far worse than those you condemn.[/p][/quote]I agree with you about The Big Issue Sellers but everyone knows that one gets dropped off every morning by a well to do looking person in a large BMW or Mercedes and is hardly homeless. In fact you do not actually have to be Homeless to sell the Magazine. What is strange is that in every major Town and City around the UK many of the prominent pitches are occupied by East Europeans and this is a lucrative trade for many with the money being sent home. Go round the A406 and most junctions are occupied by similar flower sellers.[/p][/quote]Maybe people should remember this story :- http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-lon don-11347134 Cornbeefur
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2:57pm Sun 10 Feb 13

fgdfsdf says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
fgdfsdf wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
The truth is that wanstead High Street is sounding the Death Knell.

Coffee Shops and Pizzas is the offerings with any retail unit offering very little except tatty old 'fancy goods shops' selling framed pictures of er the word 'Wanstead' and other mass produced junk from China.

Second hand Fridges and washing machines, Charedy Shops, estate agents, Dismal looking cafes and Restaurants without note, Big issue sellers, beggars, drunks on benches and a 'Farmers Market' without any farmers affecting the already struggling trades.

May as well by pass, jump on Tube and lose oneself at Westfield. where you at least have a better chance of not getting mugged when you make a cash withdrawel at the Bank.
For someone that sits so highly on the moral high ground, your morals are questionable. Within your diatribe you quote Big Issue sellers as a reason for the decline of the high street. For whatever reasons people end up homeless, Big Issue sellers are people that are trying to rebuild their lives through honest work.

They are out in all weathers selling the magazine so that they can afford to pay for food and shelter. When you are homeless you will be grateful for such an opportunity to earn a living.

Please think before you air your views on life. Your airings show you to be far worse than those you condemn.
I agree with you about The Big Issue Sellers but everyone knows that one gets dropped off every morning by a well to do looking person in a large BMW or Mercedes and is hardly homeless.

In fact you do not actually have to be Homeless to sell the Magazine.

What is strange is that in every major Town and City around the UK many of the prominent pitches are occupied by East Europeans and this is a lucrative trade for many with the money being sent home.

Go round the A406 and most junctions are occupied by similar flower sellers.
I am not sure if when ypu are referring to BI sellers being dropped off in luxury cars you are in fact referring to a specific individual or to all seller. If one, the i cannot comment because i have not seen this. If all, you cannot comment because you cannot possibly have witnessed such as you cannot be in more than one place at a time.

With regard to Eastern European sellers, yes i agree with you there. There are an increased number of them and from my own observations they seem to work a shift system. I choose to deal with thisby choosingva single seller to buy from on my way to work, but that is my choice.

Your generalisations do you and them a dis-service. If you were to be a little more specific and realistic you may find you have a lively debate on this site, rather than being ridiculed and dismissed.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fgdfsdf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: The truth is that wanstead High Street is sounding the Death Knell. Coffee Shops and Pizzas is the offerings with any retail unit offering very little except tatty old 'fancy goods shops' selling framed pictures of er the word 'Wanstead' and other mass produced junk from China. Second hand Fridges and washing machines, Charedy Shops, estate agents, Dismal looking cafes and Restaurants without note, Big issue sellers, beggars, drunks on benches and a 'Farmers Market' without any farmers affecting the already struggling trades. May as well by pass, jump on Tube and lose oneself at Westfield. where you at least have a better chance of not getting mugged when you make a cash withdrawel at the Bank.[/p][/quote]For someone that sits so highly on the moral high ground, your morals are questionable. Within your diatribe you quote Big Issue sellers as a reason for the decline of the high street. For whatever reasons people end up homeless, Big Issue sellers are people that are trying to rebuild their lives through honest work. They are out in all weathers selling the magazine so that they can afford to pay for food and shelter. When you are homeless you will be grateful for such an opportunity to earn a living. Please think before you air your views on life. Your airings show you to be far worse than those you condemn.[/p][/quote]I agree with you about The Big Issue Sellers but everyone knows that one gets dropped off every morning by a well to do looking person in a large BMW or Mercedes and is hardly homeless. In fact you do not actually have to be Homeless to sell the Magazine. What is strange is that in every major Town and City around the UK many of the prominent pitches are occupied by East Europeans and this is a lucrative trade for many with the money being sent home. Go round the A406 and most junctions are occupied by similar flower sellers.[/p][/quote]I am not sure if when ypu are referring to BI sellers being dropped off in luxury cars you are in fact referring to a specific individual or to all seller. If one, the i cannot comment because i have not seen this. If all, you cannot comment because you cannot possibly have witnessed such as you cannot be in more than one place at a time. With regard to Eastern European sellers, yes i agree with you there. There are an increased number of them and from my own observations they seem to work a shift system. I choose to deal with thisby choosingva single seller to buy from on my way to work, but that is my choice. Your generalisations do you and them a dis-service. If you were to be a little more specific and realistic you may find you have a lively debate on this site, rather than being ridiculed and dismissed. fgdfsdf
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