Thursday, 8 May 2014

Le Marché Ce Week-End

You wait months for a street market and two come along at once! For those for whom last weekend's local produce and craft market was not enough, this weekend boasts a Central Road French Market. The blog understands that the event, being put on by Association France At Home was not originally scheduled for Worcester Park this weekend but was cancelled elsewhere and so we have chosen to host it here instead.

So for a quick extra stock up on your French goodies and a chance for a croissant or two, you know where to be this weekend...

Last Saturday's market

The local produce and craft market last week was, it must be said, a rather subdued affair. I spoke to numerous stallholders and the description I heard most often when asking how they were finding it was, "A bit quiet". One new stall-holder even said it was "one of the worst" markets he had done however the Giggly Pig stall-holder said he thought it was fairly busy. "Much better than the Easter farmers market at North Cheam" he then added.

One of the problems was identified as the main road separating the two sides of the market (that traffic issue yet again). There was an attempt to solve this problem back in October when all the stalls were on one side of the road. However this didn't seem to lead to a great bustling experience either.

Promoted by Ranulph Murray, on behalf of Sutton Borough Conservatives Federation, both of 2a Sutton Court Road, Sutton, SM1 4SY

2 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Guest D said...

If a market is big enough having a main road running through it is not an issue, it will be worth crossing the road to see what's there.

I grew up near the Angel and that is a thriving shopping centre even though it has the A1 a two lane trunk road running through it. The retail centres on either side (Islington High St AKA Camden Passage on the East) and Upper St, and Chapel Market on the West are big enough that people will cross the road to visit them.

Still I hope that this time they have very successful day.

Stewart Mackay Conservative WP said...

You are right guest D. But I do think that the top down approach to markets is never going to work.
As a council we should be allocating the space and lifting red tape to allow traders to fill the gaps ...which they will ...also I have my tirn up trade markets stalls for young locals wishing to sell their wares ....on my phone won't go on but I think you get the drift . If a conservative local committee is returned that is what we will do. ... Increase footfall ... Reenergise trading reenergise WP.

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