Rejuvenating the local economy

Building the post-pandemic economy

WHAT WE’VE DONE

  • Attempted to get the Council to help our struggling high streets by pushing them to:

- apply for grant funding;
- adopt planning rules that encourage independent shops alongside established chains; and
- work with developers to provide space for start-ups, pop-ups and communal work areas.

  • Supported local business groups including Love Wimbledon & the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Broadly back the new owner’s plans to develop Centre Court shopping centre.
  • Called out Labour bosses who attended investors’ conference in Cannes but secured no funding to rejuvenate Morden.
  • Fought to help local language schools, events companies & others who didn’t receive their fair share of financial assistance during lockdown.

WHAT WE’LL DO

  • Promote a vibrant creative sector, from start-ups to established businesses - we need to listen to these industries about what the Council can do to help.
  • Support soundly financed cultural additions to Wimbledon’s vibrant array of 3 theatres and 2 cinemas and build on the success of the thriving Bookfest & Film Club.
  • Aim to be named a London Borough of Culture.
  • Establish incubator sites for start-ups and investigate barriers to establishing new businesses through a review of planning policies.
  • Work with local groups to attract funding to promote our heritage and encourage visitors.
  • Ensure take-away food delivery companies provide a service without dominating the high street.