Sunday 10 January 2016 8.41pm
I blame lack of interest and intent by Lambeth Council
when they handed over the running of the market to a commercial enterprise. This has resulted in the market as we locals knew it becoming nothing more than a street selling foreign food to office workers which means that the " market" now operates purely for a lunchtime trade. Thus the traders who have operated on the street from their shops for years and years gain nothing from workers munching on their streetfood as they wend their way back to work.
Millions of pounds were spent repaving the street and adding special points along the roadway from which street traders could obtain water for hygienic purposes and the necessary clean power from the electricity points. To my knowledge none of the streetfood traders use these facilities.
The shops are all suffering from worsening trade and cannot afford rent rises that the landlord may require them to pay and may decide to end their lease with their landlord because their position has become untenable.
It may well suit the landlord to have empty premises either to sell on to property developers or to develop them himself.
The rumour is that the block of shops from Greggs to Honour are all vulnerable. I do hope not because the loss of any business makes it harder for those remaining to survive.
Perhaps that has been the intention all along.