An everyday adventure for Romford Market
Thursday 19 November 2015
Romford Market is set for a transformation next year, after Cabinet gave the go ahead last night (Wednesday 18 November) to secure funding for the plans.
Consultants were brought in by Havering Council to help create new ideas for Romford market, to make it more appealing and develop proposals to drum up new trade.
The plans will be launched next year which will include recruiting new traders, improving the current stalls and bringing in a new brand. The new branding concept will be “an everyday adventure.”
An application for £1m has been submitted to the Mayor’s regeneration fund to finance the plans which include attracting new retail and catering businesses, creating a covered section of the Market, new stalls, catering facilities, and a feature play space. The Council will provide match funding of £1m for the project.
Other ideas include a flea market on Sundays, a special ‘food market’ day on Thursdays and hosting cultural events.
The Market will also be brought up to date with technology, with superfast wi-fi for customers, a website and better social media presence.
Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Havering Council, said:
“I am really excited about the changes that have been proposed and I can’t wait to see them in action. This is a really exciting time, not only for the Market but for Romford Town Centre as a whole, we expect that these changes will bring in an array of new customers.”
Find out more about Romford Market.
Now there's me thinking the council were cash strapped. How can the market be "regenerated" and where does a million quid come from. Whats the plan to turn Romford into a mini Portabello Road or a Camden market? And guess what consultants have been brought in for their expertise. Oh great. Another million quid plus in management fees. Lovely stuff.
£2m spend on something that will be covered in chewing gum within six months - value for money?!? I've seen millions pumped into the market area over the years, but overall there's been no great improvement. Still I suppose all the 'up market' stalls will look great in the midst of the cheaper range shops surrounding the area. One winner from all this is the consultant who's been paid to come up with this notion.
Yeah you got it in one Babs. Lots of money for management consultants and bugger all else. I've lived in Havering for nearly 17 years now and visit the market on at least 3 Saturdays a month. All I can say is its going down the pan fast. It loses a stall almost every other month and there's too much supermarket competition nearby. Most folk nowadays prefer the supermarket type shopping although personally I prefer to spend my couple of hours visiting all the stores to get the best deals and don't like supermarket fruit and veg and prefer the market stalls (although the wife prefers supermarket F and V). If the shopping centre is doing so well how come the site well Littlewoods used to be is still idol? Oh and we're getting another Poundland. Thats seven of that variety. Why not sell them the whole site?
I think Benham in his boyish enthusiasm is missing a vital point. Whats needed if anything is a look to the vast majority of Havering folk who are in all probability 85% of Romford Markets customers and are predominately sorry to bring race into the subject white British and have those tastes. If anything I'd like to see more specialist food stalls such as specific meat products cheese stalls and so on. I dont think the continental style thing would work in Romford. The novelty would soon ware off. He's playing a very dangerous game if he thinks a Camden style market is the way forward as it will alienate the hard core market customers. We are not on the main tourist drags such as Camden and Portabello Road. Sorry Rob think again.
I totally agree - I love Camden market but there's no way it could be replicated here. It's well used by both locals and visitors, many of whom travel via the canal to Camden Lock. Wonderful and picturesque - but I can't see out of Havering visitors bobbing along the River Rom! Have a look on line at last night's cabinet paper; the lack of detail and itemised costings is a disgrace for a spend of £2m.
See what did I tell you two years ago.Make the place into a destination more open air restaurants around the square more art in the open paintings and statues.A square for sports like Petanque and Marbles.Perhaps a band stand for choirs bands and music.The list is endless glad to see the council have taken heed of me again.
Shall we start with Edward the Confessor church and then proceed to the Golden Lion. We need the history of the borough preserved Perc not wrecked. I always have a laugh to myself when I take my little'n to theatre school on Saturday and get greeted with the sign welcome to Romford historic market town. Ha Ha I think! What history's left? Answer f*ck all. The cafe society thing is fine where my brother in law lives in Wanstead but not here. Its Romford town centre mate not the bleedin' Champs Elyees.
It is not an Edward the confessor church it is a late Victorian monstrosity for the superstitious to use.Better to knock it down build 300 homes for the old and homeless and include a small chapel to be used by all faiths.Golden lion could be moved and the space used for another YMCA.
Perc I happen to be a hard line atheist with no time for any religion but even I can appreciate the architectural beauty of the place. Also the Golden Lion I believe is one of the the few surviving inns in the country. At least keep them preserved. There's plenty of places to build homes for the old and homeless. And why do we need another YMCA? There's a perfectly ok one in Rush Green. Bring new ideas in by all means be pragmatic about it.