“Terrific victory” for Friends of Barnet Market

Written by  Tuesday, 01 October 2013 16:58
Work commences on the long awaited upgrade to facilities at Barnet Market Work commences on the long awaited upgrade to facilities at Barnet Market
Rarely has the presence of a mechanical digger been welcomed with such enthusiasm as greeted its arrival on the site of Barnet Market, heralding the start of a long-promised and much-delayed resurfacing and improvement. Seeing contractors working on the site after so much disappointment in the past was in itself a “terrific victory”, says Chris Smith of the Friends of Barnet Market, who has campaigned so energetically on behalf of both stallholders and shoppers.

The £100,000 upgrade of the site should be completed by November, and in the meantime the Wednesday and Saturday markets will be held in the area around the bandstand outside the Waitrose supermarket at the Spires shopping centre.

In addition to resurfacing there will be new fencing around the market and the installation of toilet and washing facilities for the stallholders.

without the efforts of FoBM these last few years there would be no market left to rebuild

Planning approval has been obtained by the Pears Group to use the market site as a car park on non-market days.

In a message of thanks to members of the Friends of Barnet Market, Chris Smith reflected on the long years of delays and false starts:

“This is a terrific victory for the Friends. One of the market traders recently told me that without the efforts of FoBM these last few years there would be no market left to rebuild. I think he is right . . . so thank you for all your wonderful support.”

 

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2 comments

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 02 October 2013 20:31 posted by Pina Griffin

    We hope the stalls will have some type of attractive covers.

    The Victorian style stalls at last year's Xmas street party were lovely and certainly looked very attractive . It would make such a difference to the look of the market and would certainly bring in more people looking for a character market.

    Appearance is so important.

    Also, a farmer's market approach would work well.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 03 October 2013 13:06 posted by Jeremy Parker

    The first I knew of this was seeing all the market stalls out by the Spires bandstand, temporarily, presumably. But that in itself is a great step towards unification of Spires and Market

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