"With the people of Southwark calling for regime change at BM, NATO forces have been placed on alert whilst someone draws a nice little picture of the compound. Meanwhile, asked to comment, the chemist across the road spoke of their shock to discover they have been living in their midst all this time.
Btw - I was more concerned that Benny and Crossroads were still going! Had to google that.
Like Monscheese says, It is heartening to hear support for the evicted traders. We are also personally effected and are gradually dealing with what is essentially a betrayal. My partner has been a trader for nine years, worked as a traders rep, traded at a loss in order to establish the Market on Thursdays and has been a source of great produce and conversation all these years.
It does not take a genius to work out, on scanning PW's Cv, that he is serving the interests of Network Rail or some other transport 'stakeholder'. The offences the evicted traders have purportedly committed have not been substantiated to the satisfaction of individuals and there are therefore CLEARLY other interests at play. PW, you may lie about this but it is plain as day to me.
Orione, you are either naive to be accepting such non-specific drivel, or you are actually pretending to be an interested local - are you in fact Glynis Reagon?
This is probably part of the machinations of a land grab. I cannot think why else BM remove key traders and attempt to undermine the financial viability of other key businesses (Wyndham House and Brindisa). They should be investigated by the Charity Commission.
FYI I can confirm that Orione is NOT Glynis and is an interested local! Although he is a lot more trusting and less cynical about what BM say than i am..
Incidentally having not had any response from BM over this I have written to Southwark MP Simon Hughes highlighting this thread and also their complete lack of willingness to engage with the local community.
I would urge others to do so.. Will only take a second, even if you just say 'please look at this thread as it is something that is obviously of great interest to the Southwark community'.
My thoughts exactly traderssweetheart. I think the charities commission is the last chance saloon to prevent PW and GR destroying. Particularly as we arrive this morning to find flower power city have been told they have they have too much space??? But don't worry folks they've been invited to pitch for the £63,000 per year shop. Still trust them?
Good to hear that James' suggestion was positively received. But interesting that it took an approach from him to get things rolling (possibly), even though BM was already aware of what's being said here.
I hope that - however it's happened - more willingness to listen to the community will ensue. (Which is not necessarily the same thing as 'involving' us.)
And perhaps SE1-ers' postings here, and letters to Simon Hughes, BM trustees, and/or the Charities Commission, will serve to remind BM management of the market's status, both in terms of its remit and its place in the community.
Have sent an email to Simon Hughes - whatever is going on, sounds like a little MP-level encouragement towards the market's management to develop a more transparent operation and to focus on their charitable purpose and the local community in a genuine manner might be called for.