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Romford Market plans called in by opposition leaders

PUBLISHED: 10:48 01 December 2015 | UPDATED: 18:08 02 December 2015

The sorry state of Romford Market at 11.30am on Saturday November 14

The sorry state of Romford Market at 11.30am on Saturday November 14

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Plans for a £2million project to revamp Romford Market have been called in by two opposition leaders.

Residents’ Association’s Cllr Ray Morgon and Labour’s sole representative Cllr Keith Darvill have requested the decision to approve plans be re-visited on December 9 at a special Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting at Havering Town Hall.

Both believe no evidence was provided that the proposed changes will attract new shoppers and traders or that consultants 20:20 have a proven track record in improving markets.

They also say there has been no explanation as to how the project will be an “invest to save” opportunity given that there is no evidence of growing demand for market places in London.

The pair have also questioned whether a new socio economic class would be attracted to the market, as stated in the proposals.

They say no impact assessment has been carried out on the potential impact the plans will have on independent traders elsewhere in the borough.

Finally, they believe there is a lack of detail of how much each part of the project will cost and who will manage each part.

The “everyday adventure” re-brand will aim to bring in 50 new traders in the next four years and will include “moving and improving” stalls, holding seasonal and cultural events and creating new market days.

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