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6 FEATURE London Chat By Roger Mills


Across the Redbridge for city markets?


Well it seems it could be with news that Redbridge Borough Council has unveiled plans for a 162 acre site in Fairlop, as the potential new home for Billingsgate, Smithfields and New Spitalfields markets. As Chat readers wi l l


know The City of London Corporation is seeking to relocate their wholesale food markets on to a single site to guarantee their long- term operation. They are currently in the process of shortlisting potential sites ahead of a period of public consultation due to take place this summer. Redbridge reckons its is


the only proposed scheme that is large enough to realise the City of London’s vision for a state-of-the-art modern facility to house all three markets and give them the space to thrive, whilst


remaining located within the M25. According to counci l


sources the relocation of the three markets to Redbridge would be expected to create up to 3,500 local jobs and 200 new SMEs and businesses with a predicted combined turnover of around £800m. Announcing the proposals


council leader Jas Athwal said: “Building upon the arrival of the Elizabeth Line later this year, we already have an established and bold strategy for growth in Redbridge that makes us the perfect partner to support the City of London’s vision for the future relocation of its markets. “Local residents would


welcome the creation of a large number of jobs in the area as well as the opportunity for an on-site college aimed at training up new employees to work in the industry. “This site in Fairlop is a once in a lifetime opportunity


to create a long-lasting legacy for both the City of London Markets and Redbridge.” Improvements for Epsom On a smaller scale but


nonetheless welcome comes news that improvements are underway in Epsom’s historic Market Place. A temporary protective


hoarding has been placed around Epsom’s iconic clock tower and the old planters have been removed as the major refurbishment of the Market Place gets underway. The market area and the


retailers in and around the Market Place will remain open for business throughout the improvements. Temporary walkways around the works will be introduced to ensure safe access to businesses and to the market, including for deliveries. A counci l spokesman


commented: “The current paving is reaching the end of its life and, rather than simply replace it, in partnership


Epsom’s pleasant Market Place


with Surrey County Council, we’re taking the opportunity to provide a comprehensive upgrade to the area to transform its appearance and make the area much more of a destination for customers and visitors. “Some of the upgrade


will be highly visible, such as the relocation of the Evocation of Speed statue and the replacement of the trees that have struggled in inadequate tree pits, while other improvements are more ‘behind the scenes’ including a new power network to facilitate events and activities throughout the whole of the Market Place.” Councillor Eber Kington said “This is a posi tive


commitment to the future of our town that will make the market area more attractive to visitors and businesses and will upgrade Epsom’s status as a town in which to shop, eat, work and do business. “At a time when many high


streets across the country are in trouble Epsom is bucking that trend and, with these improvements, will do so in the future.” Freedom for market Florist Leadenhall Market florist


Connie Robins is one of more than 100 women who will receive the Freedom of the City of London to commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. Las t year , the Ci t y


Corporation agreed to mark 100 years of female suffrage with the award of the Freedom by inviting members of the Court of Common Council and colleagues in their City of London Wards to nominate candidates paving the way for ceremonies to take place at Guildhall over the coming months. City Policy Chair Catherine


McGuinness said: “Many congratulations to everyone who accepted the City’s invitation to receive the Freedom of the Ci ty of London, among them, a restaurateur, actor, florist, ecologist , beauty salon owner, town planner, and the Bishop of London. “My colleagues shared my


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More protection for Christmas market


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to the city has been identified, Visit Bath, which organises the market, wants to place 24 chalets and two food stalls along the city’s Milsom Street for 18 days this winter, and again in 2019, and only ambulances, police cars and fire engines will be allowed access. The move has been prompted by major renovation works, some of which are already underway, in Abbey Churchyard, Kingston Parade and around Bath Abbey, as well as York Street and Swallow Street, which mean some stallholders will be displaced. The planning application submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council states that: “Whilst the Christmas market will have an obvious visual impact on this part of Bath city centre, this will be temporary and, given its location at the heart of the city’s retail area, appropriate to the festive season. “Visit Bath is committed


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to planning and operating a high-quality event in the city which continues to be a market leader of British Christmas Markets and to maintain the benchmark for which others aim to aspire to. “By locating chalets in Milsom Street it will allow us to: • Further enhance visitor and resident experience


More protection for Christmas market


Bath’s Christmas market will this year employ “robust” defences to prevent extremists from using vehicles as weapons when the event expands to a new location. Although no specific threat


to the city has been identified, Visit Bath, which organises the market, wants to place 24 chalets and two food stalls along the city’s Milsom Street for 18 days this winter, and again in 2019, and only ambulances, police cars and fire engines will be allowed access. The move has been prompted by major renovation works, some of which are already underway, in Abbey Churchyard, Kingston Parade and around Bath Abbey, as well as York Street and Swallow Street, which mean some stallholders will be displaced. The planning application submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council states that: “Whilst the Christmas market will have an obvious visual impact on this part of Bath city centre, this will be temporary and, given its location at the heart of the city’s retail area, appropriate to the festive season. “Visit Bath is committed


to planning and operating a high-quality event in the city which continues to be a market leader of British Christmas Markets and to maintain the benchmark for which others aim to aspire to. “By locating chalets in Milsom Street it will allow us to: • Further enhance visitor and resident experience


of the event by extending the footprint and easing congestion;


• Support the Bath Abbey Footprint project;


• Support the Roman Baths Archway Project;


• Make way for essential road repairs;


• Further engage with the independent businesses throughout the city.”


Increased risk


The 2018 Bath Christmas Market will run from Thursday November 22 to Sunday December 9, and confirmation of the dates coincided with the publication of the results of a survey commissioned to assess the impact of last year’s festive market on the city’s economy The survey revealed an


estimated spend of £29.4m outside of the market itself, the largest amount ever seen in the event’s 17 year history, and a 40 percent increase on 2016. The survey also showed that


an estimated 409,000 people visited the market and an estimated £10.7m was spent within the market, supporting over 200 stallholders, 87 percent of which are from Bath and the South West. Charities in Bath also benefitted from the 2017 Christmas Market, with £12,000 being distributed to various local causes. With this success, however,


comes increased risk, one of the most deadly being the potential use of vehicles as weapons, a possibility made real when a truck was driven into a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016.


Part of the festive market in Bath (Photo: Bath Tourism) The Visit Bath plan states


that: “As one of the South West’s largest open public access events, Bath Christmas market will be establishing a robust vehicle access plan. “As the market footprint develops and expands into new areas of the city, considerations will be made to all areas of vulnerability. “It is recognized that a vehicle offers a convenient delivery mechanism for a large explosive device as well as the vehicle itself being used as a weapon.” Physical barriers will be put


in place, and a city-wide radio link will share intelligence about “anything which may pose as a potential threat or issue elsewhere in the city”. Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, Tim Warren, reiterated the message from last year when defences were installed, that there is “no known threat” to the city and the measures are purely precautionary.


Budding traders set out stalls in Stratford


Allowing time to set up


and then remove the chalets, Milsom Street will be closed to normal traffic from November 19 until December 10. The chalets wi l l be


positioned so the pavements, business doorways and window displays are clear, and there will be sufficient space for emergency vehicles to gain access. Stallholders will be required


to offer discounts at certain times to residents who have Discovery Cards, and they will be expected to decorate their chalets to a high standard. Visit Bath has said it will


work to “maintain a strong working relationship with local businesses and residents” throughout the event. When the application was submitted Visit Bath was due to consult with various local residents and retailers associations and the council’s highways team, and there will be further consultation with other key stakeholders,


as well as a series of drop-in events. As in previous years the


market will feature a variety of entertainment, including choirs, school groups, local theatrical schools, brass bands and other performances in keeping with the festive nature of the event. Visit Bath will also be


required to apply for premises licences and to submit street trading and event applications before the council can give the market the go ahead.


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of the event by extending the footprint and easing congestion;


• Support the Bath Abbey Footprint project;


• Support the Roman Baths Archway Project;


• Make way for essential road repairs;


• Further engage with the independent businesses throughout the city.”


Increased risk


The 2018 Bath Christmas Market will run from Thursday November 22 to Sunday December 9, and confirmation of the dates coincided with the publication of the results of a survey commissioned to assess the impact of last year’s festive market on the city’s economy The survey revealed an


estimated spend of £29.4m outside of the market itself, the largest amount ever seen in the event’s 17 year history, and a 40 percent increase on 2016. The survey also showed that


an estimated 409,000 people visited the market and an estimated £10.7m was spent within the market, supporting over 200 stallholders, 87 percent of which are from Bath and the South West. Charities in Bath also benefitted from the 2017 Christmas Market, with £12,000 being distributed to various local causes. With this success, however,


comes increased risk, one of the most deadly being the potential use of vehicles as weapons, a possibility made real when a truck was driven into a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016.


Part of the festive market in Bath (Photo: Bath Tourism) The Visit Bath plan states


that: “As one of the South West’s largest open public access events, Bath Christmas market will be establishing a robust vehicle access plan. “As the market footprint develops and expands into new areas of the city, considerations will be made to all areas of vulnerability. “It is recognized that a vehicle offers a convenient delivery mechanism for a large explosive device as well as the vehicle itself being used as a weapon.” Physical barriers will be put


in place, and a city-wide radio link will share intelligence about “anything which may pose as a potential threat or issue elsewhere in the city”. Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, Tim Warren, reiterated the message from last year when defences were installed, that there is “no known threat” to the city and the measures are purely precautionary.


Budding traders set out stalls in Stratford


Allowing time to set up


and then remove the chalets, Milsom Street will be closed to normal traffic from November 19 until December 10. The chalets wi l l be


positioned so the pavements, business doorways and window displays are clear, and there will be sufficient space for emergency vehicles to gain access. Stallholders will be required


to offer discounts at certain times to residents who have Discovery Cards, and they will be expected to decorate their chalets to a high standard. Visit Bath has said it will


work to “maintain a strong working relationship with local businesses and residents” throughout the event. When the application was submitted Visit Bath was due to consult with various local residents and retailers associations and the council’s highways team, and there will be further consultation with other key stakeholders,


as well as a series of drop-in events. As in previous years the


market will feature a variety of entertainment, including choirs, school groups, local theatrical schools, brass bands and other performances in keeping with the festive nature of the event. Visit Bath will also be


required to apply for premises licences and to submit street trading and event applications before the council can give the market the go ahead.


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