Christmas Market will be chance to prove local demand

Before we write up the interview with John Miller, Lewisham Council's Head of Planning - something that is in danger of turning in to the War and Peace of blog articles - we wanted to address one of the issues that was raised in response to yesterday's article, "Questions for the Council".

Although Brockley and Telegraph Hill are relatively well served by Farmers Markets, many people are enthusiastic about the idea of bringing a market right in to the heart of the community, by creating one on Brockley Road. An occasional market could further strengthen the regeneration process that's already underway.

Lewisham Council and the Post Office are keen to develop a street market on the land in front of the Sorting Office on Brockley Road. However, one of the key barriers to this idead is that operating companies are not yet convinced that there will be sufficient demand from local people for a market, especially on a relatively small plot of land.

A Christmas market is planned for the rejuvenated Coulgate Street in December and Sarah Pfeiffer, Local Town Centre Manager for the Council believes that this will be Brockley's opportunity to prove itself as a venue for market traders.

We'll cover this story in more detail at a later date.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think the Hilly Fields bi-weekly markets are brilliant but a little far from the town centre and kind of hidden away at the back of the park. If they were brought closer to the high street towards the Adelaide Aveune end of Hilly Fields, or maybe even to St. Margaret's Square (a very much over looked local park), it may improve visibility and attract more visitors. A Christmas market in front of the post office to replace those ghastly bins would be well used by locals. The only problem i would have with there as opposed to Coulgate street is the traffic noise which seems to be an endless stream of music blaring cars and police sirens. St. Margarets Square or Coulgate Street would be my preference - i will support it nonetheless...

leenewham said...

I still haven't found the farmers markets or keep going on the wrong day!

I will support it too (If im still in the area by then).

Ginny said...

I absolutely agree that Coulgate Street would be a prime location for a farmer's market. It's by the train station, it's off the busier Brockley Road. Coulgate Street could be closed off during market time as it is seldom used by cars anyway. Signs of gentrification seem to be starting from there, so why not have the market there as well. I think this should seriously be considered by the people at Lewisham Council.

Anonymous said...

leenewham
there is a farmers market this sat on telegraph hill in the lower park, 10-3 I think.

Luke said...

"Gentrification"

*shudders*

leenewham said...

Thanks, I will try to get along to Hilly Fileds this saturday.

Gentrification isn't a bad thing, depending on what you mean by it. I see it as a place where the houses are well mantained, wider selection of shops, mostly independent, less litter, more professional people living in an area and families, small delis and a gastro pub.

Why this can't sit along side older established places I don't know. It can.

Perhaps a poll for the future..what shops do we want in brockley OR what do we think gentification means?

Anonymous said...

If i remember correctly back from when BCAG started the idea of a regular market along Coulgate or Foxberry, there was so much opposition from the residents around there that they had to abandon the idea.

Brockley Nick said...

I think concern for local residents is one of the main reason why a regular street market on Coulgate isn't being considered. Those little cottages face right on to the road, which is pretty cramped at the best of times - I can understand why someone wouldn't want a market right outside their livingroom window.

Anonymous said...

Will definitely support this! Great news

Ed said...

Just exchanged contracts on a flat in the teafactory so won't be local until next year however I will come down and support the Xmas market.

Brockley Jon said...

Congrats Ed!!! Always nice to hear from a new resident!

On the market subject, if it can't be in Coulgate Street due to local residents (and I completely understand this), then ground outside the Post Office has got to be the perfect spot. Yes, there is the busy road, but at least all the peeps who normally just drive through Brockers might stop and give the market some trade.

Anonymous said...

There were two possible locations for the weekly markey: in front of the sorting office, and the north end of Foxberry Road in front of the Brockley Barge. If my memory serves me, re the Foxberry Road location - there was an incredible amount of oppostion from Foxberry Road residents. This included not being able to access Foxberry Road (this is unfounded as access would still be possible from both ends of Coulgate Street) and complaints about the number of cars preventing residents from parking (one complainant owns four cars). I'm not sure where the BXAG are with this one - you might want to contact them.

ILIVEDINAPREFAB said...

Regarding the Market at Brockley Cross, a earlier precedent has been set .When I lived here (1950/60s)there were at least 2 market stalls in the road (Foxberry) beside the then "Breakspears Arms".One was Fruit and Veg and the Other general goods.

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