When we were looking for a place to set-up shop, and ultimately call ‘home’ for And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, if we’re completely honest ‘community’ probably wasn’t no.1 on the shopping list. Footfall, good rent, right target market were all things that we frantically ticked (or not) of our list when we viewed each property (we viewed many…we were searching for 2 years!). However, since opening our doors 6 months ago, we’ve come to realise just how important a local and independent business community is to the survival of a business and what a fab thing it is to be part of.
Nowhere is independent spirit more prevalent than on Burton Road in West Didsbury … you will struggle to find a more diverse, interesting and unique set of businesses crammed into such a small cross-section of roads in Manchester. Westfest (organised by the fab Didbsury Life) is the much-loved yearly festival knees up that takes place on the road and it epitomises all that is best about places like West Didsbury and why residents and businesses alike choose to live and work here.
When we heard about a threat to all of the above in the form of a proposed residents parking scheme, naturally we were worried. The implications of the council’s proposed scheme are wide-reaching and go far beyond the simple goal of residents being able to park easily outside their own homes.
The ultimate consequence of such a scheme could be a serious reduction in visitors to the area, closure of businesses, empty retail units and the loss of vitality and spirit that makes West Didsbury what it is.
Please read more about this scheme at www.savewestdidsbury.com and fill in the consultation form online. Alternatively pop in and see Helen & Pete at Didsbury Life for more info. Your opinion and voice will make a difference.
P.S. We’re not serious very often but we thought this warranted a ‘serious voice’ this time. More light-hearted on the next blog … promise!