New stalls are appearing in Lower Marsh Market on Wednesdays as part of a drive to secure the future of the historic Waterloo street market.
The new stalls recruited to Lower Marsh range from handmade cakes to fruit smoothies, pictures and prints. These join the existing traders selling fresh fruit and veg, cut flowers, clothes and household goods.
As part of the scheme new traders are offered discounted pitch hire (every Wednesday for 3 months) and the use of a new brightly-coloured market canopy for a promotional rate of £15.
The Wednesday market days start on 4 April and are expected to expand as the month goes on.
The scheme is being promoted by the Waterloo Quarter Business Alliance in partnership with Lambeth Council and other local community groups.
It is the first of a number of measures aimed at giving a much-needed boost to the market and and bringing it back to its former glory.
The new canopies have been purchased by WQBA with a contribution from the North Lambeth Town Centre Office. The existing traders in Lower Marsh have been offered a free new tarpaulin in matching colours to the new canopies.
All proceeds from the scheme are being pumped back into projects that directly benefit the market.
The street market in Lower Marsh operates Monday-Saturday 8am-6pm.
Over the past year Lower Marsh has hosted a number of visiting French and continental markets.
Efforts have also been made to establish a regular farmers' market in Lower Mash.