May I correct your title ' A flawed good idea'?
This poorly thought through idea is stolen from Westminster City Council and like that council's idea it will have no legs.
I write as a small business owner with shops in and around the Royal Borough.
I wonder if any councillor or officer has any idea of the financial pain small business people are enduring?
I doubt it.
Most seem clueless about the real world and have nil business experience.
Let me put the leader straight....
Every year business has to contend with ever-rising rents and crippling business rates which the Council collects.
Yet, as you have mentioned in the past, the Council has been profligate with our tax splashing it about on Middle Eastern festivals and pointless road schemes like Exhibition Rd as well as Opera Holland Park!
It's all very well officers like Quirk coming up with begging bowl ideas: he's getting over £270,000 a year which is much more than my four shops generate in profit.
Better still, he gets a £100,000 a year pension: a risk free life.
So, no....count me out. I will not be giving my hard earned money to a council which has no idea of the value of money.
If I am going to support a local school I will do so directly with fellow local businessmen.
A local small businessman who wishes to be anonymous