Monday 2 April 2007 6.24pm
Plus... I think that the market being established as a tourist hotspot is likely to help ensure minimal disruption / change with the expansion of the station, so it can only be a good thing for the market in the long run, right?
Not sure what you are getting at here - I assume you are referring to the proposed viaduct and the associated destruction of buildings either side of Borough High Street
, including many that border the BM area. Just how could the market being a tourist 'hotspot' minimise any disruption from construction work? If Network Rail get the money to build this section of 'Thameslink 2000' they will do what they need to get it built, with little regard for the continuity for good trading conditions for a few traders in BM, no matter what assurances they up with.
Pump House Jon - your summary of the behaviour patterns of what has become the typical BM browser is spot on, based on my own experience as a part time 'helper' myself. The Washington Post article does the place no favours - however the first guilty party in promoting BM as a place to get a free lunch was Time Out a couple of years ago. Trudys suggestion of a ban on samples may be worth trying, but as many 'grazers' are stuffing their faces with a range of fast food, which obviously produces a very healthy profit margin for [an increasing] number of traders, and long queues that help make the market so difficult to navigate, plus a horrendous
amount of rubbish - which is often deposited by the 'shopping' public on any convenient part of a stallholders display that they can find. There is no excuse for the latter - there are bins to be found with a little effort, and some traders will gladly dispose of the rubbish for you, because it means it doesn't then end up being incorporated in their product display! My suggestion to add to the pot - those retailers who also sell fast food of some kind contribute to funding one or more litter pickers to patrol the market at peak times???