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The Wood High Street looks a lot livelier now. Fewer shops are empty. The same is also true of Lemming and Aycliffe Roads as all shops are now occupied there once again. a gaming shop for kids and an interior display shop.

There is a problem though rents have been vastly increased and some businesses may not be able to afford the high rents being charged by Hertsmere Borough Council.

A few have already moved on over the last few years. The flower shop,  greengrocers, second-hand furniture shop, car parts shop, Decorators supplies, Salt shop, Jewellers, Driving school, Car sales.To name but a few. All of them have been replaced. At least one shop has had at least 4 different businesses in situ in the last 7 years.

Over 85 people attended this charity event to raise money for a blood pressure machine for Edgware Hospital over £500 was raised 
Two doctors gave blood pressure tests. The Hertsmere Academy of dance and performing arts. provided the entertainment with dancing and singing. Food provided by Sasher and her volunteer's who helped to serve it. 

Plans have been hatched for Lawrence and David to travel to Penzance by National Express overnight on the 17th of July and make their way back on public service buses. To raise more money for the blood pressure machine. They will be traveling on 15 buses and people can sponsor them as a pair at 20 pence a bus. all 15 buses at the cost of £3.00. The journey will take 4 days. The  first night will be spent in Exeter the second night in Swindon and the on Thursday they will be back in Borehamwood. If you wish to sponsor them click 


Daisy Lloyd who has been in the academy for 14 years now age 17 opened the proceedings at the event with a her first of two songs 
Lawrence and David.
15 buses  from Penzance to Borehamwood
In response to these hard times, many retailers are forced to shut their doors, but if rent alone is the make or break issue in keeping your business alive, perhaps there is hope – if – your landlord is willing and able to work with you, and you armed are with the right ammunition.
Not every property owner will be able or willing to work out a new deal, but that should not keep you from having the conversation. If you have been a good tenant, paid your rent on time, and are an asset to the landlord’s property you should arrange to meet your landlord and explain your situation. Unless he/she has been living in a cave too, he will not be surprised to get that call!
If your revenues are down because of the bad economy, you could share your sales receipts with your landlord so he can see you still have a viable business, but you need some help to get over the hump. Most tenants are reluctant to have this conversation, it is always difficult to admit that your financial situation is not as stellar as you would like. But, frequently, a property owner will be willing to work something out with you rather than have you shut your doors and leave him with an empty space.This is not the case with Hertsmere owned property it seems they want empty shops. As a last resort, they could put in another charity shop as we all know they don't pay as much as a normal business. As one business owner said to me John Graham and his asset team have blocked their ears.A new client is given preferential treatment, only paying £10500 and a ten-year lease whilst a tenant who has been with the Hertsmere Borough property for 7 years has only been offered a 5-year and their rent doubled from £6000 to 12,000 to lease for a smaller shop on the same road. It is not a level playing field my friends.
Hertsmere Borough, greedy council.

From the Elstree and Borehamwood Times

Due to the closing & the redevelopment of the Hertswood Centre. The Hertsmere Leisure holiday playscheme has been closed. Their suggested use of their other centres located in Bushey & Potters Bar is simply not good enough for the residents of Borehamwood. We would like Hertsmere Leisure to relocate this playscheme to a Venue in the local Borehamwood area. Suggested ideas have been a school building for example.Why is this important?Many parents/guardians rely on this facility to enable them to go to work during school holidays at an affordable price at £23 from 8am - 6pm! The playscheme itself offered sports activities, trips out & craft workshops enjoyed by the children. Their alternative las left many parents who aren't able to drive thus commute further to these alternatives, stranded. Let's get some signatures and keep this valuable facility running! Please will you visit the
whats coming to the wood facebook page for details about the petition
Hertsmere Leisure holiday playscheme has been closed


Following the massive rent increases charged by your Hertsmere Council for their properties in Leeming and Aycliffe roads a number of our former advertisers have ceased trading or are struggling to come to terms with their new rents. Other potential advertisers in Hertsmere owned shops have also said that due to this situation that they will not be able to advertise and may also have to cease trading. By massive hikes, we are talking about between 75% and 400% increases requested. Some have already settled with more than double being charged. Inevitably in this deprived area of Borehamwood, the leaseholders of the shops will have to increase their prices dramatically. In the high street where properties are owned by private individuals and company, the prices were not increased substantially. In fact, rent asked for by Hertsmere Borough Council were higher than prices being asked for on the high street