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1. Herne Hill: Cash mob to help affected shops! We all gawped in horror as the burst water main swamped …



1. Herne Hill: Cash mob to help affected shops!

Photo via @MPSinthesky
Photo via @MPSinthesky

We all gawped in horror as the burst water main swamped parts of Herne Hill in three feet of water yesterday, with thoughts turning to the shops that had been affected.

The word on Twitter was that a ‘cash mob’ is being suggested to encourage residents and concerned folk to shop there to help bring the 32 affected businesses back to life.

And it’s a cause truly worthwhile supporting, as the many independent businesses along Half Moon Lane have made real efforts to create a friendly retail community that its residents love. For example, Ken Gangadeen, who owns the convenience store, told the Evening Standard that he estimated that flood damage has cost his business £160,000.

Although some stores have said they will have to close to repair the damage, for others it will be business as usual, so they will definitely benefit from any local support.

Next: rooftop dining in Peckham


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