VILLIERS BACKS NEW POP-UP SHOP TO BE OPENED BY "LOVE BARNET"

Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, has thrown her support behind the efforts of local residents to create a pop-up shop in the former Gregg's bakery on Barnet High Street.

She visited the shop on Saturday, meeting Gail Laser and some of the "Love Barnet" team behind this project, including David Byrne from Barnet College.

Local ward councillor, David Longstaff, also attended. David is enthusiastically supporting this project.

Following the visit, Theresa said: "This is a great initiative from Love Barnet. I am hugely impressed that residents are so committed to promoting our local high street. This is a really positive and constructive project which I am sure will help bring people to our high street."

"Today I was briefed on the support that Barnet College want to give the new shop. Their talented students will be putting their creative skills to good use and helping to get the project up and running and ready to open."

"I would also like to thank the Eleanor Palmer charity for making all of this possible. They own the premises and are letting Love Barnet use them rent-free. One of the real benefits the pop-up shop will bring is a visible presence for the Eleanor Palmer trust right at the heart of our local high street. They do great work and have grants to support local people so I welcome this opportunity for more people to learn about their work."

"I would urge my constituents to get involved with this initiative. It will need lots of volunteer support to get the shop opened and keep it staffed."

For more information about the Love Barnet, you can visit www.lovebarnet.co.uk or email marketing@lovebarnet.co.uk.