Monday, 01 June 2015 20:43

Is the tide turning?

After a run of closures over recent months, the High Street now offers several new restaurants and cafes. The proprietors are hoping the custom they attract will encourage increased business for other shops and traders in High Barnet’s shopping centre and perhaps attract other new retail ventures.
Published in High Street The Spires
A joint attempt by the Barnet Society and the Barnet Times to persuade Barnet Council to introduce a period of free car parking to boost trade in the borough’s high streets was rejected by the environment committee.
Published in High Street The Spires
Sunday, 15 February 2015 09:21

2,500 back free parking campaign

Almost 2,000 people visiting shops and other premises in the High Street have signed the Barnet Society’s petition calling on Barnet Council to consider offering an hour’s free parking to help the town’s retailers.
Published in High Street The Spires
Monday, 26 January 2015 13:31

Busting Councillor Cohen’s “myths”

Petition forms distributed by the Barnet Society to around 100 shops and other retail premises along the High Street are showing far higher support than expected for the Society’s campaign for an hour’s free parking.
Published in High Street The Spires
Catering and tourism students from Barnet and Southgate College are gaining work experience at High Barnet’s newest pop-up shop, a family-friendly tea shop that has opened in the Spires shopping centre.
Published in General News
Monday, 12 January 2015 10:53

Guns & Smoke refusal

Planning vote goes against Guns & Smoke.  Guns & Smoke, a new American-style bar and grill opposite Barnet parish church, has failed to obtain planning permission for its illuminated frontage in Church Passage.
Published in Planning
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:12

Parking claims another casualty

High Barnet’s “impossible” parking controls are forcing another independent trader out of the High Street.
Published in High Street The Spires
Monday, 15 December 2014 16:29

Planning shoot-out for Guns & Smoke

Guns & Smoke, the new American-style bar and grill opposite Barnet parish church, faces what looks like being a decisive shoot-out at Hendon Town Hall early in the new year.
Published in Planning
Monday, 08 December 2014 10:42

Mayor signs parking petition

The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Hugh Rayner, has signed up to be kept informed of progress in the Barnet Society’s campaign for an hour’s free parking.
Published in High Street The Spires
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:55

No to free parking say Council and MP

Councillor David Longstaff has joined Mrs Theresa Villiers MP and Gordon Massey, chairman of Barnet Residents Association, in opposing the Barnet Society’s petition calling for an hour’s free parking to help win back shoppers to the High Street.
Published in High Street The Spires
Saturday, 22 November 2014 13:17

Two more shops forced out of High Street

Another two independent traders are being forced out of the High Street by a combination of high rents and the chronic difficulties faced by shoppers confronted by High Barnet’s expensive and inordinately complicated parking regime.
Published in High Street The Spires
Monday, 17 November 2014 13:43

Barnet is nearly a ghost town

The depth of local anger, frustration and even despair at the damage being inflicted on Barnet’s shopping centre is highlighted yet again in comments in support of the Barnet Society’s petition calling on Barnet Council to allow an hour’s free parking.
Published in High Street The Spires
Monday, 17 November 2014 13:31

Packed programme for Barnet Fair

A packed programme has been arranged for this year’s Barnet Christmas Fair on Sunday 7 December when, instead of traffic, there will be music and dancing in the High Street and a vast array of stalls and attractions in nearby venues.
Published in High Street The Spires
Monday, 10 November 2014 12:58

Police baffled by High Barnet’s parking

Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, who is Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, admits that that even her police protection officers cannot work out where it is possible to park in High Barnet town centre.
Published in High Street The Spires
Monday, 03 November 2014 00:00

SOS our town centre is dying

The Barnet Society is launching a Save Our High Street appeal: our town centre desperately needs more shoppers and we hope local businesses and other organisations, as well as local residents will join our campaign.
Published in High Street The Spires
Monday, 20 October 2014 18:41

Another independent trader closes

Saturday shoppers queued up in disbelief to read a bailiff’s notice posted on the front door of the Oasis coffee shop in the Spires shopping centre – the seventh business to have closed within the complex in recent months.
Published in High Street The Spires
Sunday, 14 September 2014 14:12

Opening of High Street showcase

Love Barnet’s pop-up shop at 89 High Street promoting locally produced crafts and goods had what the staff said was a “fantastic” first week’s trading.
Published in High Street The Spires
Monday, 01 September 2014 22:50

Guns & Smoke: too quick on the draw?

Guns & Smoke, a new American-style bar and grill at the heart of the High Barnet conservation area, is announcing that it will be opening soon – possibly by mid-September – although planning permission has yet to be obtained from Barnet Council.
Published in Planning
Monday, 16 June 2014 09:10

Where have all the butchers gone?

Just imagine the bustle and activity of 1898 when such was the competition in the High Street of Barnet that shoppers had the choice of eleven butchers, including one pork butcher and two poultry dealers! Today only one shop remains, the Butcher’s Hook.
Published in High Street The Spires
Monday, 12 May 2014 17:15

Pop-up to encourage revival

One of the many vacant frontages along Barnet High Street is about to get a new lease of life as a pop-up shop where aspiring independent traders, artists and voluntary groups can display samples of their work, goods and crafts.
Published in High Street The Spires
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