Discussion in 'Brixton' started by :-D, Feb 4, 2015.
I expect to be receiving my telegram from HMQ very soon.
Given the discussion here on start ups getting funding from shady investment companies based in offshore banking and part owned by Ukrainiann Oligarch can all posters agree capitalism is shit.
None of this surprising to me. Getting away from Ed this is example that this way of doing business is normal accepted practice in the kind of society we live.
It often strikes me one of the reasons Im not keen on Pop is that it props up the myth/ fantasy of capitalist ideology that entrepreneuralism is a good thing. People pulling themselves up by there bootstraps is how society works. This if course is bollox.
I'm not having a go at this foodie business. Just pointing out that even in smallish business like this one can see how modern capitalism operates.
Its been normalised that is how the system works.
Saw this today
Small firms face 'extermination' due to Network Rail asset sale
The Big Issue has the same story - with rents. Pretty amazing. You would think there would be some sort of regulation on rent increases.
Save the arches: Clapham North MOT faces closure after almost 60 years
This was in the Standard yesterday. Seems like Network Rail are about as efficient raising capital from their arches as they are introducing the new timetables
Surely the issue is that they are trying to be too efficient at raising capital ?
Not so efficient if they lose all their bidders.
Of that previous potential backers pulled away as the negative reputational impact was perceived as outweighing the forecast income?
There are some proper scumbags left on the list, and privately owned companies probably have less reputational issues.
Selling off arches was Osbourne idea when he was Chancellor.
NR weren't pleased. Big projects like Kings Cross had shown NR potential of arches in some areas.
NR never wanted to do this.
Don't quite understand last paragraph of article. NR actions in Brixton. ( and Loughborough Junction tenants are under threat) shows they don't care about SMEs.
The last sentence is comment from the writer, pointing out that sme’s create 2/3 jobs and so having lots of small units available for cheap is probably very good value from a economic perspective.
To me it reads that the Standard's business editor thinks small businesses should be protected - not least taking into account that they were renting from a publicly owned body.
UK railway arches, the last bastion of publicly owned commercial space, engines of small business, about to be killed by privatization
I see that some of the vacant Arches are being marketed by Brixton Pillars , am I missing something ? Who are they ?
PR puff from NR.
On the Grant Mills Wood website some of the Arches are being marketed for £70,000 to £115,000 per annum ! What independent retailer could afford that unless Mummy is on Dragons Den
Bit much. Seems there's a formerly missing here - PROMINENTLY LOCATED WITHIN A VIBRANT RETAIL AND
What the fuck is a pic of the Brixton Pound cafe doing in their vibrant blurb? Places like that couldn't exist if Network Rail were renting them the property.
Had another look at Brochure and ur right that is photo of Brixton pound cafe.
There is also photo of Windrush Square ( built with public funding).
Brochure is very annoying. NR didn't care about local community. Yet are using it to promote their scheme. Which was opposed by large number of people in local community.
I assume it's the estate agent and not NR who made the leaflet. Estate agents being estate agents etc.
I hate the way all the 'iconic' artwork around Brixton just feeds into the gentrification frenzy.
2 years ago this Month most of the Traders that we’re promised a return vacated their Arches so they could be refurbished on a 34 week plan , 104 Weeks later they’re still empty !! Don’t tell me NR we’re telling porkies ?
Well part of your prophecy has come true, we now have a Pret
The old Arch that was the newsagents ( Ashoks ) in Station Road is up at £115,000 + vat p.a !!!
Who else but a ‘ Pret type ‘ business could afford that ?
It’s a deliberate ploy to cleanse the area nothing else !!
soon brixton will be indistinguishable from everywhere else.
I notice that Network Rail (or whoever the fuck owns the arches now) haven't been arsed to update the public, with the outdated July poster being the only one on view.
There was an article in the September/October issue of Rail - the trade railway magazine about this whole arch privatisation project. Unfortunately it does not seem to be available online. Here is a scan/ Hope it's readable.
The arches shown here are the ones at Elephant and Castle.
I wonder if the new owner has to honour the offer to return some of the original Traders ? I can’t imagine new trendy restaurants being keen setting up next to someone selling wigs or fruit & veg especially if they’re paying ‘Nu-Brixton ‘ rents of £100k plus
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