Whitton's new pop-up shop has first tenant

Living the dream: Waco and the new shop

Living the dream: Waco and the new shop

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A new pop-up shop has opened in Whitton high street, with an arts and craft store becoming the first tenants.

Whitton Artists Co-operative (Waco) is a venture set up by Sylvie Freullet, an artist from Whitton with her own studio and who works in a group with other local artists.

They have set up the shop at number 15 to exhibit and sell their work and are also running workshops to help with rent.

Ms Freullet said: “It has been my ambition to have a gallery and shop where artists can showcase and sell their work and inspire others to participate in workshops on the premises.

“I contacted the Whitton Business Association who loved the idea and have been amazing.

“They have supported us so much during these first weeks and I would really like to thank them for making the idea come alive.”

Whitton Business Association chairman Tony Yerby said: “This has been a long term project for us, we are proud to see the first Pop Up Whitton shop open for business.

“Empty shops are such a blight on the high street, some remaining unoccupied for many months, if not years.

“With the support of Richmond Council we have managed to bring an empty unit back into use and give a local business a chance to set up on the high street.”

The shop officially opened to the public on the evening of Tuesday, December 17.

Councillor Gareth Evans said: “Getting the landlord’s consent to secure a unit on a short-term basis is not easy, despite some real benefits, and we are very impressed that the Whitton Business Association have managed to do this as well as find a local business which is interested in setting up a shop and willing to pay the rent to do so.”

To become a tenant, email the Whitton town centre manager Bridget Clements on bridget.clements@whittontowncentre.co.uk.

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9:53am Thu 19 Dec 13

Twickenham Bob says...

Whilst breaking the council's own planning guidance on shop fronts by having two shop signs one under another. Hiding up the architect details on one of the few original 1930s shop front.

In other town centers in this borough the council goes to great lengths to stop this type of thing. Eg Foxtons in Twickenham. This goes to show how Whitton is still thought as not worthy of proper planning enforcement - the bit of the borough the council doesn't care for.

Other examples of planning blight the council ignores is the new car park Eye Smile have created by demolishing walls thus creating a ware land style area, the sign company that has plastered its building with loud signage, the shops with protecting signs at first floor level, Jollys restaurant with its proliferation of signs that if they occurred elaewhere in the borough would be stamped out.3
Whilst breaking the council's own planning guidance on shop fronts by having two shop signs one under another. Hiding up the architect details on one of the few original 1930s shop front. In other town centers in this borough the council goes to great lengths to stop this type of thing. Eg Foxtons in Twickenham. This goes to show how Whitton is still thought as not worthy of proper planning enforcement - the bit of the borough the council doesn't care for. Other examples of planning blight the council ignores is the new car park Eye Smile have created by demolishing walls thus creating a ware land style area, the sign company that has plastered its building with loud signage, the shops with protecting signs at first floor level, Jollys restaurant with its proliferation of signs that if they occurred elaewhere in the borough would be stamped out.3 Twickenham Bob
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12:50pm Fri 20 Dec 13

aspicer says...

inappropriate to use Waco.
inappropriate to use Waco. aspicer
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