Richmond shops promise to close their doors

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Doors closed, still open: Shops in Eton Street are signed up Doors closed, still open: Shops in Eton Street are signed up

Independent retailers in Richmond have pledged to keep their doors shut to save money and reduce carbon dioxide levels.

Traders in Eton Street made the promise as Richmond becomes one of the first London boroughs to launch the Close the Door campaign.

Shops and restaurants lose 50 per cent of their heating through open doors and could reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 10 tonnes each year by closing the door.

Councillor Pamela Fleming, cabinet member for environment, said: “The impact that something as simple as shutting a door can have on the world around us is quite amazing and by keeping doors closed, shops can help the environment and save themselves money.”

Businesses who sign up to the campaign, which has been supported by MPs Zac Goldsmith and Vince Cable, will receive free window stickers and door signs.

To get involved, call Richmond Council on 020 8891 1411, or visit closethedoor.org.uk.

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4:11pm Wed 22 Jan 14

robmorleyuk says...

Wouldn't it be great if there was an initiative to encourage retail landlords to provide automatically closing doors for all their properties.
More effective than the Home Insulation subsidy that has achieved little in the way of savings.
Wouldn't it be great if there was an initiative to encourage retail landlords to provide automatically closing doors for all their properties. More effective than the Home Insulation subsidy that has achieved little in the way of savings. robmorleyuk

7:44pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Twickenham Bob says...

Good in principle - bad in reality.

Shops with open doors do more trade, and shops that have fold up shop-fronts do even better.

If we want out high streets to prosper the council need to give proper fact based advice, and not well meaning hog-wash.
Good in principle - bad in reality. Shops with open doors do more trade, and shops that have fold up shop-fronts do even better. If we want out high streets to prosper the council need to give proper fact based advice, and not well meaning hog-wash. Twickenham Bob

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