the shops that have gone added nothing special to the area. hopefully the new new market area will. as for the "horrible plan" for upmarket restaurants i too think the alternative (down market restaurants) is too awful to contemplate. borough high st already has its fair share of chicken cottage-type fast food joints and the the cornish pasty place is an eyesore. does Nandos count as down-market?? if so keep it away!
I wonder if the trend toward the stallholders offering more takeaway food will continue? As it is, it's almost impossible on Saturday actually to shop for food to cook, as it's so difficult to make one's way through the hordes of people walking around eating and taking photographs.