This morning, after a rather painful teeth extraction, I was cheered up by the visit of our local Assembly Member Andrew Dismore. Andrew is the chair of the GLA's Economic Committee. He brought some of his colleagues to meet shopkeepers in North Finchey, and talk to them about the problems traders have there. My friend Tom Copley and Joanne McCartney were there, and they listened to our views with interest, as we met up in Cafe Buzz. They spoke to Helen Michael the proprietor and chair if the traders association. They also spoke to her Barnet equivalent.
West Finchley Councillor Jim Tierney, Woodhouse's Cllr Anne Hutton and I represented the Labour group, Cabinet member for policing and High Barnet Councillor David Longstaff represented to Tories.
We did a walk around to talk to shop owners, shoppers and residents, and I hope we were able to provide the Committee with useful evidence to take back to the Mayor. We also saw the vandalised parking displays, which was reported on earlier in the week.
It's good to see Andrew has hit the ground running, comes up with innovative ideas and brings people out of City Hall to talk to us on the streets, and it was a pleasure to see Joanne and Tom with him.
Keep up the good work Andrew!