A Statement from New West End Company on the Impact of the Extinction Rebellion Protests

Jace Tyrrell, Chief Executive of New West End Company said:

“West End businesses are deeply concerned by the continued disruption being caused in central London by the Extinction Rebellion protestors. While we fully support the right to peaceful protest, we do not believe that it is acceptable to block, for such a long period of time, some of London’s busiest streets.

“At a time when our high streets are struggling, this additional pressure is deeply damaging to London’s economy and reputation and has so far cost West End businesses over £12 million, with some stores seeing a 25% decrease in sales and footfall.

“We are calling on the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police to take control of the situation and enable companies and their employees to get back to business as usual ahead of the bank holiday weekend. The West End is resilient and we know people will still come out over the Easter period to enjoy the shopping and culture, but we want their experience here to be a positive one.”

Wed 17 April 2019