Search

Fonthill Road traders say constant flow of lorries for City North work is forcing them out of business

PUBLISHED: 10:16 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:28 15 November 2017

Lorries being used for the City North development have taken over the street. Picture: Andrew Paschalis

Lorries being used for the City North development have taken over the street. Picture: Andrew Paschalis

Archant

Traders in a historic Finsbury Park shopping street say business has plummeted in the last year because of lorries coming and going all day to work on a major development.

Lorries being used for the City North development have taken over the street. Picture: Andrew PaschalisLorries being used for the City North development have taken over the street. Picture: Andrew Paschalis

Fonthill Road used to be a buzzing stretch of independent fashion stores. But since work began on the station’s huge City North development last year, sales have nosedived. On top of that, business rates shot up in April. One shop has closed, with two more leaving when their lease runs out next month.

Andrew Pachalis of Andrial has been selling clothes in the road for 21 years after taking over from his father. His sales are down 40 per cent.

“The road has become a building site,” he told the Gazette. “We’ve got masses of lorries parking wherever they like.

“With extortionate business rates and City North causing massive disruption, what was once one of the best fashion streets in London is now being brushed aside mercilessly. Livelihoods are being ruined and no one seems to care.”

Lorries being used for the City North development have taken over the street. Picture: Andrew PaschalisLorries being used for the City North development have taken over the street. Picture: Andrew Paschalis

Islington Council says it has secured a five-year freeze in rateable values for some traders from the government, meaning their rates won’t go up again. But it has no power to freeze or reduce rates itself, as Andrew has asked for in a written letter.

He says at the very least lorries should be banned from parking in the street. “We need to do something,” he said. “We need better control of these lorries – parking needs to be off-site. We’re coming to the end of our tether. From 6.30am they are blocking the road off. If it carries on by the time it’s finished 60 or 70pc of these shops won’t be here.”

Andrew is also aware that when City North is finished, remaining shops will have new, upmarket businesses to contend with.

Islington Council said it wanted to help the traders and would be giving them specialist business support. The Finsbury Park lights will also be switched on in the street on December 1.

Lorries being used for the City North development have taken over the street. Picture: Andrew PaschalisLorries being used for the City North development have taken over the street. Picture: Andrew Paschalis

Cllr Asima Shaikh, Islington Council’s economic development boss, said: “Fonthill Road is an amazing part of Islington – it’s rightly famous for fashion retail, and there’s nowhere else like it.

“It has been hit hard because of the closure of the Wells Terrace exit, and councillors and Jeremy Corbyn continue to fight for traders who have lost out.

“We have also strongly challenged City North and TfL on disruption caused to businesses and secured a management plan to control construction traffic.”

Latest Islington News Stories

A man has been charged with the fatal stabbing of a 25-year-old in Tufnell Park.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

We talk to hundreds of local business owners every day; we hear their concerns, understand their challenges and share in their successes.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Elderly people fought to save a Highbury day centre from closure at a heated full council meeting last night, during which the mayor of Islington told the borough’s housing boss to “shut up”.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Cops have made two arrests in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 25-year-old man in Tufnell Park on Tuesday.

Friday, September 21, 2018

A cyclist who was hit by a car in St John Street on Wednesday morning has died, police have confirmed.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Open House London takes place this weekend and an iconic building in Holloway built as a haven for torture survivors is throwing open its doors.

Friday, September 21, 2018

An architect has slammed “petty” Islington planners who have again told him to demolish his multi-award winning block in Clerkenwell.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Sheltered housing tenants in Islington fear planned cutbacks to the service could see people left to die in their flats.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now