Barnet Market to move

Written by  Monday, 02 October 2017 11:56
Tyler Bone pitching for custom at the family’s fruit and vegetable stall Tyler Bone pitching for custom at the family’s fruit and vegetable stall
Barnet market stall holders are delighted by the news that the managing agents for the Spires shopping centre are planning to move the twice-weekly stalls market to the paved area between Waitrose and the bandstand.

Traders believe that switching the market from its current site at the car park in St Albans Road to the Spires’ Stapylton Road entrance will lead to increased visibility and footfall from shoppers.

Friends of Barnet Market support the switch so long as certain conditions are met, and hope greater prominence for the market will help reverse the decline of recent years.

Business has gone quiet in recent months...

Discussions have been taking place between Hunter Asset Management and Barnet Council, and if the bandstand could become the designated area for the market, the transfer from the car park should have been completed in time for the start of the Barnet teenage market on Easter Saturday next year.

Two conditions have been suggested by Friends of Barnet Market

  • The new site should have the same planning protection as the original St Albans Road site and the new market area should be restricted to market and entertainment use.
  • There should be a reasonable level of rents for the existing market traders, plus provision of electric power and other facilities.

Adrian Wright drives his van from Lowestoft to Barnet every SaturdayAdrian Wright drives his van from Lowestoft to Barnet every Saturday“This is wonderful news,” said Tyler Bone, who runs the family’s fruit and vegetable stall. “We have been asking for months for the market to be moved to the bandstand.

A permanent site like that, in a high visibility position right outside the Spires, could really extend the life of the market.”

Equally supportive is Lenny’s meat stall which wished the move had taken place a couple of years ago.

The meat stall opened when the market was temporarily beside the bandstand while the original market site was being converted into a car park.

Adrian Wright, a Lowestoft fishmonger, who drives his van to Barnet every Saturday, thought the switch in sites could not come soon enough.

“Business has gone quiet in recent months, and it started going down after one of the three fruit and vegetable stalls closed down. Let’s hope the Spires and the Council get a move on and get us by the bandstand as quickly as possible.”

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2 comments

  • Comment Link Monday, 02 October 2017 15:51 posted by Roland Horvath

    Personally I visit the market for a bit more than a year. I do not believe that by moving it will get more customers. Rather a bit of social media marketing.
    I have never ever seen it advertised on any site that there is a market happening twice a week.

    I hope whoever made his mind up thought it through.

    I hope still it will make more money as I fully stand behind the idea of having week by week fresh ingredients.

  • Comment Link Monday, 02 October 2017 19:04 posted by Mark

    Has Milly the cat who visits Waitrose been consulted?

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