Friday, 2 March 2018

Community, Conversation and Coffee

On the 1st Thursday of every month a number of people from Carpenders Park and South Oxhey meet at Perk Coffee shop on Delta Gain. the 1st of March was no exception... although the weather did conspire to make it a little more difficult than usual.

The coffee shop was as warm as ever... the hospitality friendly and inviting.. and the coffee up to its usual amazing standard! The conversation was also very interesting... 

This month two of the local councillors from the area attended along with a selection of local business people and it was nice to see Caroline and Paul the new occupants of the Hairdressers on Delta Gain.

Conversation turned to the redevelopment in South Oxhey and the new occupancy deal for businesses that want to be there. Rents are allegedly 3 times what they were before and only a tiny percentage of the old businesses are able to return there. The hairdressers moving in to Delta Gain are from the old South Oxhey parade.

Also discussed was the parking situation behind Delta Gain. Many folk park there and head into London on the train, others use it as a spare off road parking facility for extra cars... and worse! The challenge with the car park is that it is in private hands. There is little the council can do about it.

I can't help feeling that if it was explained to the land owner that it would benefit everyone (including themselves) if the car park was better managed then they would be in favour. If more people could park easily... they would use the shops more often (raise the vibrancy of the parade)... this would in turn help the local businesses to be more successful with less churn and change... which ultimately would mean less admin and work for the landowner... it could be a win / win / win and everyone benefit... which would then benefit the community... Maybe a chance for some community mediation?

Not just Conversation though...

A number of the local businesses also attend the monthly Business Development Network meeting we also host at Perk... this is on the first Tuesday evening (6:30-8:00pm) and enables local businesses who want to work as a team, help and support each other to meet on a regular basis. If you'd like to come along on the 6th March the link is here... if your first visit then use the promo code: "1stVisit" to come along for free and experience what we do... very friendly, no pressure, great local people.

Learning & Development... 

in amongst the other discussions yesterday there was still time to pick up tips, tricks, get connected, explore new ideas and even get help with technical issues on Spreadsheets... spreadsheets was a subject of one of our regular "Learning Sessions" series.

On each Tuesday we run a series of "Learning Sessions" to enable us all to upskill. More info here

There are plenty of community events being hosted in South West Herts throughout the month so if you would like to come along and join in the conversation then please do... you will find everything listed both on the SWHerts Facebook Page and the calendar for Link4Growth SWHerts.

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