Monday 5 February 2007 8.15am
The big drawbacks in terms of using Lower Marsh
for our weekly shop is that there is no butcher.
In contrast in Tatchbrook St SW1 there is a choice of people selling fish, a butcher, a baker, and a cheesemonger. Also there is a small playground which is open...and staffed public toilets.
I do not know if I am alone, but there is also a sense of insularity about Waterloo. Despite it being my nearest shopping centre, local groups and funding limit input on the future of the area to those being inside their self-defined boundaries. My, albeit childish, response to those "community leaders" was that if that was what they thought, I did not need to spend my money within their community.
This I recognise is a bit extreme, but I think it is fair to say that that insularity has restricted initiatives to market Lower Marsh
to people like my neighbours and residents of China Walk and the Ethelreds for whom Lower Marsh
is the nearest real shopping centre (Lambeth Walk is effectively dead)and who in the past would have used Lower Marsh
and The Cut
There have been bucket loads of money poured into the area from SRB but also from BIDs and other business initiatives. But as the Forum has noted in the past, the French Markets have been been poorly publicised and bar one or two exceptions including events held by the new bookshop, there seems to have been no effort to bring in what a market really needs, which is customers.
However your post is a good start.