DALSTON WARD Labour Councillors have joined with Mayor Phil Glanville in reaffirming Hackney Labour’s total commitment to supporting Ridley Road market and surrounding businesses.
This follows the news that £770,000 from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund, is going to help pay for significant improvements in the street market, match-funded by Hackney Council, creating a £1.5m boost for the area. http://news.hackney.gov.uk/protecting-ridley-road-market–new-investment-to-support-businesses/
Phil commented: “Local people have been clear about how much they value the market and public spaces like Ridley Road, which is why – together with supporting businesses facing eviction from the Shopping Village – we’ll do everything in our power to ensure they remain at the heart of the community and invest in them for the future.”
Peter Snell and Soraya Adejare, Dalston’s Labour Councillors, say in a letter to Ridley Road market traders and businesses:
“We write to address the repeated and unfounded allegations that Hackney Council is somehow working with Developers to undermine Ridley Road Market. Nothing could be further from the truth.
To dispel these rumours our Labour Party 2018 Hackney manifesto stated “we will fight to …support a thriving Ridley Road market”. One of our five 2018 pledges in our Dalston election address promised to “defend Dalston Town Centre as a home for established businesses and newer local start-ups. We strongly support Ridley Road market”.
Since our re-election we have welcomed the Council’s “Trading Places” initiative. It advertises existing businesses in Ridley Road Market and encourages new traders to take on market stalls at reduced prices while supporting them with business skills training.
As a result more pitches are let on Ridley Road than for many years. This success has balanced the Council’s budgets for running markets without significant increases in costs to traders who now pay some of the lowest pitch fees in London.
The Council directly controls the market on Ridley Road itself but not the shops, pods and units off the road. We can only influence what happens in those privately owned properties through our Planning policies. Our planning framework has to respect national guidance and be approved by the Mayor of London.
Existing Planning policies offer some protection to the market – for example by limiting buildings along the south side to a single storey to prevent overshadowing of the market. We believe any developments either side of the market should respect and enhance its future.
Help us promote these objectives by googling “Dalston Conversation” https://dalstonconversation.commonplace.is/ and use the website to say why Ridley Road matters to you and how it should be protected. This will lead into revised Dalston Planning Guidance – google “LBH LP33” to see existing background analysis and find out how to comment on development controls.
Lastly go to https://hackney.gov.uk/markets-traders to read what traders, businesses and residents think about the market and its future in a survey commissioned by the Council last year.
If you are concerned about the future of the market but do not have access to the internet we can both be phoned directly or texted on our mobiles at 07941 179 129 (Peter) and 07951 172 744 (Soraya) and further details of our surgeries are at http://mginternet.hackney.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=3844 and in Hackney Today newspaper through your door.
We are always happy to discuss what we are doing to support the ongoing success and expansion of Ridley Road Market. We look forward to hearing from you.”