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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Camden Lock Books: ‘Closure of bookshop is loss of a high street jewel’ | Business - Islington Tribune newspaper website

Big Issue’s founder slams business rates hike.

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Closing after 20 years: Camden Lock Books

THE founder of The Big Issue has criticised the council and government after a well-known independent book shop announced it will close after two decades, blaming rent and rate increases.
Lord John Bird said he was appalled to hear that Camden Lock Books, a place he has visited often, will close next month.

As the Tribune reported last week, the shop’s owner Jason Burley said that the business had been devastated by rising rates and disruption caused by the Old Street roundabout redevelopment...

Mr Burley, who opened Camden Lock Books in the Old Street station subway in 2001, said: “I think one of the most gratifying things about running this shop is getting to know John Bird, now Lord Bird. He started coming in here occasionally as a customer.

He took up this thing about rates because he is very interested in bookshops and libraries and he used it in his maiden speech in the House of Lords. So I am grateful for that.”