The impending arrival of H&M is good news for the Ealing Broadway Centre and should help to counter fears about the growing number of empty shops.
Traders can also take heart that the budget fashion giant will attract more shoppers looking for bargains as the recession draws on. In the current climate we all need to do as much as we can to help Ealing's traders - and increasing business rates to unaffordable levels hardly seems like a positive step.
The Valuation Office Agency must see sense and reduce the onerous charges it has slapped on traders in The Green.
Runway v voters
WHEN MPs normally associated with toeing the party line are forced into abstaining or voting against their government it is a clear sign something is wrong.
Obviously Prime Minister Gordon Brown will not have an easy ride over the controversial Heathrow expansion decision but how much the lack of support from his normally loyal MPs including Andy Slaughter, Virendra Sharma and Steve Pound will mean is yet to be seen.
What is clear is that opposition in west London is loud, but defeating the plans may eventually depend on the priorities of voters in the rest of the country - environment versus the economy. Lets hope viable alternatives are firmed up before then.