Like many, have never been a lover of the closed up environment of a shopping mall, irrespective of the weather.
Travelling around the UK visiting family,friends and other general trips I noticed that their local shopping areas are thriving. Clear and oddly, suburbia London has been the worst affected by austerity and that many of our local authorities had made many costly mistake due to them refusing to listen to their tax paying residents when it comes to the need of our local high road.
Pedestrianization is the answer to our local high roads.
Pedestrianization areas outside London fully or partly have really help create a wonderful environment for traders/shoppers and in general with people just wanting to enjoy all that their local area has to offer. These pedestrianised areas are of course filled with large planters full of seasonal plants, graceful trees, plenty of seats for many a good and obvious reasons, and indeed wonderfully clean looking timeless 'British characterful vintage shop fronts', (tourist from abroad love our vintage style shop fronts!) all making for a lovely inviting environment. Given that these shopping areas are pedestrianized provides an ample space for various weekly market stalls, in fact, there are French Markets that travel all the way from France to trade in these UK towns at different calender dates, all because they do an excellent trade. (Oh, and in addition, I had noticed visitors parking spaces for bikes/cars were available nearby).
It is about time that such successful ideas were coped and applied to all our suburban shopping areas of London, which will ultimately help breeze new life and health in our local environment helping to boast our local economy at the same time. As for the traffic, well, If these other UK towns can effectively diverge the traffic on these permanent pedestrianize shopping areas, then it should be easily accomplished just for on the weekends for the high roads of suburban London..