Farmers' Market would be good for everyone, traders included
When a weekly farmers market in the Hornsey Town Hall square was first proposed a few years ago, the negative reactions of Crouch End s independent shopkeepers was perfectly understandable. Then they demanded thorough academic research if they were to b
When a weekly farmers' market in the Hornsey Town Hall square was first proposed a few years ago, the negative reactions of Crouch End's independent shopkeepers was perfectly understandable.
Then they demanded thorough academic research if they were to believe that their businesses would benefit rather than face ruin. Judging from their continued extreme hostility (Not on our land, H&H Broadway May 24)) I can only assume that they have not seen the 84-page report produced by the New Economics Foundation (NEF), a highly respected body which campaigns to protect local businesses and shops such as theirs against powerful competition from large supermarkets and chains.
The report provides extremely strong evidence that a certified farmers' market would bring increased trade to local shops.
Marylebone Farmers' Market was opened with encouragement from the local food shops, who participated in the launch publicity. This market adapts to fit round community festivities.
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Whoever in the council is going to make the decision should do so with reference to existing solid information, facts and evidence, rather than speculation based on fear and rage. A six-month trial market (as agreed by planning permission in 2003, and by the Town Hall board in 2005) would be a win-win for everyone. No more delaying tactics please!
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