Uses suggested for empty shops
Pop-up stores, advertising proposed
VILLAGERS hope a jumble of ideas will transform empty shops into tools for the community.
Chalfont St Peter Chamber of Commerce is calling for pop-up shops to help fill the high street.
People have also suggested filling the windows of vacant properties, such as Chalfont Homeware Stores in Market Place, with community news and history.
Chamber president Andrew Welch said: “Popup shops are something we would like to encourage.
“There must been all sorts of organisations looking to promote themselves.
“As soon as a shop is empty, landlords could say ‘go set up a stall and have it for six weeks until we find a tenant’.”
Several businesses have closed in the village during the past year, including a book shop, flower shop and sweet shop.
However, shops have sprung up in Market Place too, including new cafe Bread House, and a tattoo parlour is set to open, although no date has been announced.
Mr Welch added: “Change is always going to happen and shops are closing and opening on every high street in our country.
“It does not mean trade is bad. It is not in the least bit doom and gloom.”
Mr Welch also suggested incorporating art from schoolchildren in the windows shops.
Ron Fox, 71, of Edith Bell House, says using the shops as notice boards for community news and snippets of village history would be good, particularly in the large Homeware Stores.
He added: “I think that place is an eyesore. At least somebody should come round and give it a lick of paint on the front to make it look more respectable for the village.
“If you get people who come to the village and see things like that, they are not going to come back.”
How do you think Chalfont St Peter can make the most out of its empty shops? Do you think the village needs more trade? Contact us at bucksnews@ trinitysouth.co.uk.
(From left) Lottie Ross, Alexander Eio, Sophia Ratnarajan, Joseph Boundy and Sophia Dubb try French cheese at the Little Language Academy in Gerrards Cross