Great British High Street judges visit Willesden Green
12 September 2019
JUDGES from a national competition that celebrates high streets all across the UK, visited Willesden Green yesterday to sample the ‘Rising Star’ shortlisted for themselves before they give their verdict next month.
The popular high street destination, well-known for its boutique shops, cafés, Portuguese delis, craft beer bars as well as its Italian, Japanese, Mexican and Turkish restaurants is up against 27 other high streets from across the United Kingdom in the ‘Rising Star’ category of the Great British High Street Awards 2019.
Judges toured the High St and spoke to local traders, residents and community groups on Willesden Green’s shortlisting - the only area in London to be shortlisted for a Great British High Street Award in any category – and heard about the new environmental initiatives in the area, the culture offer and saw for themselves the new murals which have been well-received by locals.
Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning, said:
“It was great to welcome the judges to Willesden Green and show them why it’s the only High St in London to be shortlisted for the Rising Star award and my thanks go to everyone who helped welcome them on their visit.
“Being shortlisted is a huge achievement in itself and demonstrates what can be done by working together with residents, businesses and the local town team.
“Of course, Willesden Green would be a deserved winner of the Great British High Streets Rising Star award, but to make that happen we need to get as many people as possible to get behind the public vote which makes up a fifth of the final score.
“Your vote could really be the difference in winning or not, so let’s all get behind Willesden Green and bring this Great British High St award home to Brent.”
Competition rules state voters can cast one vote, per email address, per day.