Posts Tagged ‘street markets’

Elektra Kefala Odyssei Art

October 27, 2018

Elektra Kefala Odessei Art designs small sailing boasts made from driftwood.

Elektra told me she was one of the few people who has done OK out of the crisis.

The crisis forced hr to quit her job as graphics designer and work as a designer. A year on, the company she worked for has since gone bust.

Follow her dreams.

In The Alchemist a baker, not only did he not follow his dreams he has forgotten he once had dreams.

Elektra can be found weekends on the autonomous market in Apostolou Pavlou, with views of The Acropolis,  a pleasant walk.


Kings Cross Real Food Market

August 18, 2017

Outside Kings Cross Station, a food market of around maybe a dozen stalls.

Worth exploring if time, and a better option than buying food inside the station or on a train.

Bread, cakes, cheese, fruit juices, tortilla.

I had excellent tortilla, and cheese off the cheese stall, Comte and Gouda, and a cake off a cake stall.

From a fellow passenger on the Edinburgh train, she alighted at Peterborough, I learnt  there is an excellent street food market around the corner in Granary Yard.

The cheese stall told me I must visit Borough Market.

A pity not a coffee stall serving quality coffee.

Scandal of Rushmoor running street markets in Aldershot and Farnborough

April 3, 2015
Aldershot and Farnborough Markets

Aldershot and Farnborough Markets

By registering with the UK’s leading market operator Town and Country Markets, to trade at Aldershot market you will be a step ahead of other market traders. — Town and Country Markets

In recent months Rotten Borough of Rushmoor has taken over from Town and Country Markets the running of street markets in Aldershot and Farnborough. Although Town and Country Markets are still advertising that they are running the markets. Having cut out the middle man, the pitch fees should have gone down, but no, it has been used as an excuse to hike fees.

Farnborough used to have a massive market. Of recent years, a ghost of the market it once was. Destroyed by the local council getting into bed with greedy property developers KPI/St Modwen and destroying the town centre. The market, together with many small businesses, destroyed overnight.

In Aldershot, the market destroyed by Wastegate, which has laid waste to the town centre, leaving in its wake boarded-up shops.

These factors, destruction of town centres, loss of footfall, should have led to massive rent reductions.

One stallholder, for Aldershot and Farnborough, is now being forced to pay £450 a week. A shop could be rented for less.

They have been forced to pay for gazebos, which no stallholder wanted as they already have their own awnings.

An advantage if you are a new stallholder, but otherwise no.

For one stallholder, an unnecessary expenditure of £1,000 which has to be paid off through an addition to their weekly rent.

The gazebos are flimsy and lightweight, a danger to stallholders and passers-by in strong winds.

On Tuesday the Farnborough market was cancelled due to strong winds. The council lacked insurance cover (or were not prepared to provide cover). The stallholders all have their own public liability cover, and were covered.

No one has ever heard of the market being cancelled before. A loss of income for stallholders.

The stallholders are being forced to pay the council for bins for their rubbish.

The bins are provided by Veolia. The stallholders could pay direct to Velioa, instead they have to pay a cut to the council over and above what they would have paid had they paid direct .

Strict rules are being applied to when the stallholders pack up at the end of the day.

It is reasonable to have rules that stallholders cannot pack up early (exceptional circumstances permitted) as it causes chaos and destroys a market. This is what was happening in Farnborough, with the market packing up earlier and earlier, until eventually it was packing up at lunchtime.

What is not acceptable is a worthless jobsworth strutting around ordering stalls to pack up at the end of the day, when there are people on the street buying and the stall has produce to sell. And the shops are still open and trading.

The council is also dictating to the stalls who they employ. That they have to have gender, race and age balance. For example a mix of ages on a stall.

Ridiculous conditions. A stall employs whoever is capable of working on a stall. Long hours, antisocial hours, often in atrocious weather conditions. One stall employs junkies and offenders. Probably the only work they can get.

And who is paying for the smart new trailer, and at least two jobsworths in charge of the trailer, and presumably at least another worthless jobsworth to manage and supervise the two running the trailer?

The council has no experience of running a market stall, they could not run a piss-up in a brewery, and as we have seen with one councillor too pissed out of his brain to run a pub, and yet they are now running a market.

A well run market market brings people into a town centre, as can be seen in

  • Winchester – Wednesday and Friday
  • Guildford – Friday and Saturday

The net result of Rushmoor running the market, is that in Aldershot stallholders have already pulled out. Others are considering their position, as with all the additional costs and conditions the council is now imposing, their stalls are no longer viable and they are working as unpaid serfs for the council.

What we are seeing is yet another sickening example of the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor carrying out ethnic cleansing of small businesses.

Death of a market

November 1, 2012
street market mid-September packed ... today deserted

street market mid-September packed … today deserted

Westgate is indeed a comprehensive scheme that will be a fantastic asset for Aldershot and its residents. … all round it is great news and I’m delighted to see it opening. — Peter Moyle, council leader Rotten Borough of Rushmoor

It’s just a fantastic addition to the town and will be a huge boost to residents. … Westgate will serve as an excellent conduit to the town centre itself. — Andrew Lloyd, chief executive Rotten Borough of Rushmoor

Aldershot has a very popular Thursday street market. Or maybe I should say had, past tense.

Today, it was all but deserted.

I walked from Upper Union Street down into Union Street where the market runs down the street to Costa on the corner, then around the corner to The Arcade.

As I walked down Union Street, I met a column of people heading the other way. It was like a column of ants. They were heading away from the market, towards Westgate and Morrisons.

Usually on a Thursday, market day, the street is packed, the only day Aldershot is busy, as the market is one of the few reasons to visit Aldershot. Today, though more people than an average weekday, it was all but deserted. Usually, there are people sat outside Costa, causing an obstruction, today no one.

I walked to the fruit and vegetable stall at the bottom end of the market. A very popular stall, usually very busy. Today a lack of customers.

I asked had it been like it all day? The lady serving said yes. Trying to put on a brave face, she put it down to half-term. She was wrong, school half-term there is always more people on the street.

I buy fruit and vegetables off stalls like this. It is of better quality, fresher and usually cheaper than days old fruit and vegetables in a supermarket. But, having been in Morrisons, and seen they were the exception, fresh produce (how long they will keep it up a moot point), I feared that it would hit stalls like this hard, and I was seeing my worst fears realised. A once busy stall, its customers down to almost zero.

I expressed this to the lady. She nodded, and said others had told her the same, very good quality in Morrisons.

I talked to a few stallholders. They were shell-shocked, they had never seen a day like it. Some wondered what was going on, others blamed Westgate.

One stall holder said he had run a stall in Aldershot for eight years and never seen a day like it. He said he would give it a few weeks, but if he had days like this, he would be pulling out of Aldershot and he expected the market to die as other stall holders would do the same.

I suggested he and other stallholders demanded a drastic reduction in rent. It was after all the council who had caused the loss of business.

I do not usually get to the market until mid to late afternoon, often catching the market as it is closing. Today I was early, late lunchtime early afternoon. The market would at that time of day be very busy, it was not, it was almost deserted. That I was earlier, market almost deserted, only served to emphasise how dire was the situation.

It is easy to see why local newspapers have falling sales. On the street was an intrepid hack from the Aldershot News with a photographer in tow. I assumed they were there to see the impact of Westgate on the town, but no, they would not know a story if it was staring them in the face, they were there to ask folk dumb questions, apparently they do this every week.

I even asked, were they there to cover the impact on the town? I pointed at the fruit and vegetable stall, pointed out that was an excellent photo opportunity, a normally busy stall with no customers, around which they could hang a story.

But they were not interested. Why were they not interested? Apart from the the fact they would not recognise a news story if they fell over it, could it be the advertising revenue Westgate is generating? Last week they had a puff piece on Westgate masquerading as news, how great it was for the town, uncritical regurgitation of what the local council tells them. If you cannot trust a local rag to do good, old fashioned reporting, then why buy it?

What motivates a local council to destroy its own town centre?

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