Diary of a Sutton Councillor

‘Your High’ Shop has Closed


I can officially confirm that the owners of the ‘Your High’, and of late the ‘Fireworks’ shop, have moved on.


I originally wrote to the owners of the building last year (not the same people as the shop owners who leased the premises) advising them of the strength of feeling against the shop from local people, and the volume of signatures on the petition started by our local MP Tom Brake. I received a response from the owner’s agents who stated that in the light of the public’s concerns they would serve notice on the leaseholders.


I have been awaiting confirmation of this action for months. I was aware that it may take until the lease was up for review to effectively get the shop owners out, but it comes as a great relief to know that it is finally official. The agent told me that he had great sympathy with local residents as he was a parent himself & would not like such a shop around the corner from his children’s school.


Despite assurances from the owners that the shop would keep its doors closed at school pick up times and not permit under 18s onto the premises I have heard reports from teachers that they were abused by the shop staff when they made polite requests to close the shop doors; parents telling of sightings of school children in the shop; and tales of abuse and intimidation from staff members.


I am sure that the parents & staff of Bandon Hill and Wilsons school, who were the closest neighbours of this shop, are very grateful for the support of all the other borough schools and churches who came together to help Tom’s campaign against this shop by circulating petitions and passing on information. The closure of this shop is a real victory for local residents.


March 13, 2009 - Posted by | Information

1 Comment »

  1. I hate her now.

    Please go away, you just decreased the happiness in Sutton somewhat.

    Comment by A young adult from Croydon | April 4, 2009 | Reply

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