Poll: Market Committee proposes to re-site Romford Market

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:07 06 February 2015

Romford market place

Romford market place


A proposal to move Romford’s historic market to South Street in a bid to revitalise it has provoked passionate responses from both traders and shoppers.

The idea has been put forward by the Market Committee – made up of traders – and will be put to Havering Council.

An email sent to traders and seen by the Recorder states: “The committee will be meeting with the market management in the near future to discuss the proposed re-siting of part of the market into South Street.

“At this stage the committee are looking to find out whether, in principle, you would like to relocate your business into the new site if you are given the opportunity to do so.”

Market Committee chairman Tony Geary said: “This isn’t something that we are set on, but it is an idea that has been brought up.”

Havering Council has appointed a consultation group to look at options for the 767-year-old market’s future, which is due to meet with market traders next week.

The committee has asked traders for feedback about the idea, which has received a mixed reaction on social media.

Residents on social forum site Streetlife described the idea as “unbelievable” and “very sad”.

Lesley D said: “I remember such lovely memories of Romford and it’s such a shame that we have lost nearly all of it!”

A Havering Council spokesman said: “As a council we’re really proud of our market, it makes the town different from most others.

“It’s been there for more than 750 years and there are no plans to move it anywhere.”

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