HACKNEY Labour continues to support the growth of all the borough’s street markets – including the thriving Ridley Road Market.
Mayor Glanville says – We have no intention of closing Ridley Road Market down – or changing its character. We want it to continue to be successful, bringing people from different backgrounds together at the heart of the community.
Some misunderstandings have sprung up about the Council-run Ridley Road Street market which is thriving, and the privately-owned Ridley Road shopping village – a building alongside the market which has come under threat of a private developer wanting to demolish and build new flats. That process has been delayed through the swift action of Mayor Glanville and Cllr Guy Nicholson meeting with the owners.
Mayor Glanville has issued some helpful guidance of the situation on Hackney Council’s website at http://news.hackney.gov.uk/protecting-ridley-road-market/
He says there is some confusion about the Council’s role and powers in all of these aspects which hopes will be dispelled by the information being given.
The Council’s website updates residents about what is being done to help the traders in the Shopping Village, protect and invest in the Council-owned Street Market, and how the Council is engaging residents through the Dalston conversation.
The Council operates the outdoor Ridley Road street market and have pledged to protect and improve it. It is an essential, diverse and historic part of Dalston’s culture.
Last month, it was announced that together with the Mayor of London, the Council will invest more than £1million into Ridley Road to help existing traders compete with a changing high street. This work could give traders new facilities and provide more pedestrianised spaces for shoppers to browse their stalls – all while preserving its unique character.
Mayor Glanville said that the dedicated Markets team works across the borough with traders associations to deliver and promote successful street markets. This has seen them grow by 14% since last year, with an extra 455 traders operating across our street markets, which now host more than 4,000 traders a month.
Ridley Road Shopping Village
This building, a neighbouring indoor market, is operated by a private company and we do not own or control it. The owners have submitted a planning application to convert and extend this building into new homes, retail and employment space, but it has not yet been considered by the Council’s Planning Committee.
Last year, the police issued a Community Protection Notice to the management company of the Shopping Village instructing them to install things like CCTV to support crime prevention and ensure fire exits were not blocked.
However, they chose to close the market early ahead of the owners’ planned refurbishment, and issued eviction notices to tenants.
Mayor Philip Glanville and Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Planning, Business and Investment, met with the owners of the building to set out the Council’s concerns. This intervention meant the traders and tenants of the studios above the market were given an extended deadline to acquire legal advice and sign a six-month lease, and the owners agreed not to close the Shopping Village.
Councillor Nicholson said that the Council has also stepped in to support affected traders, offering them a fast-tracked stall on the outdoor market it operates or other retail premises if more appropriate.
The Council’s independent Planning team will continue to scrutinise the owners’ planning application as part of the planning process, to ensure it complies with the borough’s planning rules. The owners have confirmed that traders will be able to stay well into this year, with the potential to secure a longer term lease in the renovated building, with similar affordable provision.
A changing Dalston
Many people may see this as further evidence of a changing Dalston, with new businesses, people and buildings. That’s why the Dalston Conversation https://dalstonconversation.commonplace.is/ was started in September 2018 to get the ambitions of local people for the future, and what they’d like the Council’s priorities to be.
Dalston has seen a transformation in the last 5-10 years, but we are determined that new buildings and private investment don’t put Dalston’s character and heritage at risk, said Mayor Glanville.