Proposals for new look Brixton Street Markets

Written by Cllr Jack Hopkins and Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite

July 27, 2015

People are always telling us how much they love Brixton’s markets. They are one of the things that make Brixton town centre unique but we know trading in the street markets is in decline and without investment they may not have a long term future.

So, it’s great news that we have over £1 million from the Mayor of London’s High Street Fund and Lambeth Council to invest in the street markets. We will use most of this money to focus on Electric Avenue.

New entrances to Brixton Street Markets

What you told us

Many thanks to everyone who came to one of our consultation events in May or June to talk about what works and doesn’t work in Brixton’s street markets; and to those who took part in our shopper survey.

Shoppers have told us they think the street markets are dirty and congested and they want a more attractive place to visit. Many stall holders want larger pitches and better facilities to improve opportunities for existing traders as well as attract more customers.

We’ve listened to what you’ve told us and think this investment in the street markets must lead to:

  1. a more attractive environment for traders, residents and shoppers
  2. an increase in the number of traders, shoppers and trade, including passing trade; and
  3. a reverse in the decline of the much loved street markets – so they can continue to provide jobs

You can read more detail about the issues raised, such as vehicle access, noise and rubbish removal, in the report enclosed.

A nicer place for shoppers

The proposals and how to have your say

The Design proposals for Brixton Street Markets document sets out our proposals, including the options for the layout of stalls.

Market traders are invited to come and see for themselves what a new, larger market stall might mean for them on Wednesday 29 July, 4.30-5.30pm on Electric Avenue. We will also have a scale model to help understand the proposals.

To tell us what you think has now closed.

When would work start?

We know market traders and shop owners were concerned about the impact of construction work on seasonal trade and so are really pleased to be able to confirm that we can now delay the start date of construction work until January 2016. We estimate work the work would finish in June 2016.

For more information

Visit the Street Markets page for more information

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