Over all things are looking good for the market as certain measures to promote the market have finally taken shape under a dynamic market manager who has brought in more stalls, run promotion events, started Sunday trading and overseeing a new lick of paint.
However, to date Newham Council has not renounced its stated intention to knock the market down and 'regenerate' the site. Friends of Queen's Market has a vital role in watching the Council and protecting the market on the current site.
Remember, the market was allowed to be run down to soften up public opinion to the idea of a sale in 2004. Now that developers St. Modwens have pulled out the Council may later be tempted to try its tricks again.
Current concerns are the failing roof, which the Council repaired at an estimated cost of £150,000 in 2010 but which still lets water in. Newham Council also has removed the well-used public seating in the civic square which is next door to the market.
A small victory is that the pigeon problem has been resolved for the time being.
FoQM remain vigilant. THE LOCAL PEOPLE ARE THE EYES AND EARS FOR THE MARKET.
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Massive rent rises
As the scandal surrounding the plans for the market grows we will continue to highlight the issue of the 100+% rent rises that St Modwen seem determined to impose in a time of economic hardship
Educational visits FOQM are eager to encourage school visits to the market. We have been delighted to hear that school children from Germany are now regularly visiting Queen's Market to see something of the diversity of London. It is clear that the market is a wonderful educational tool and we hope that more schools will discover this remarkable resource
Queen's Market has been nominated and chosen as one of the three finalists in the category of Best Food Market. No doubt Newham counciland St Modwen Properties will try and take the credit and use the awards as further justification to try and drive through their nefarious scheme. Whatever happens, the truth will out!
NABMA Market of the Year 2009 Please nominate the market for this award run by the National Association of British Market Authorities.All you have to do is e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure to give your reasons.
"All we want for Christmas is our MARKET BACK" Market traders and the general public are invited to sign a giant festive/ Christmascard to Newham's "Rotten" Mayor Sir Robin Wales to remind him that they are still here and let him know their views have not changed.
CALL FOR RECIPES! Do you have a family recipe you'd like to share with London?Friends of Queen's Market are asking all shoppers to the market to give them details of dishes they make from the food they buy in Queen's Market."We know how vital this market is for the local people, especially families and wewant to compile a recipe book of all the dishes made by people, both from theircountries of origin and any new ones which have come about" says Sham Miah, compiler of the recipe book. Please forward all recipes by email to: email@example.com
BBC Radio 4: The programme featuring an interview on How the Internet has changed the nature of Campaigning will be broadcast at 22:45 (during the Westminster Hour) on Sunday November 25 and repeated on Wednesday November 28 at 20:45 (after The Moral Maze).
Variety Show: The Saturday Club, variety show at Stratford Circus (Statford E15) will feature a Queen Victoria character with a reference to Queen's Market. Saturday 3rd November 2007, 7.30pm
GLA meeting: following the GLA meeting on the Future of Markets in East London in which FoQM members brought up questions on Queen's Market, all the members on the panel were emailed as well and they wrote back to say:Thank you for your e-mail and detailed comments on Queen's Market.
In response, I think it would be helpful if I clarified the nature and purpose of the London Assembly Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee's review on markets. Our review is concentrating onall types of street markets including covered markets such as Queen's market. Itc oncerns markets across the whole of London and not just in the East End. Through our review we hope to identify the current number and type of markets in the capital and the changes in the number and type of markets over the last ten years. We also hope to identify what is being done, or could be done, to maximise the positive impact of markets across London and address any problems. The committee's terms of reference are to: Identify the current number of markets in London and the extent to which there have been changes in the number and types of markets in London over thelast ten years; and make recommendations for action to the Mayor, the London Development Agency, the Metropolitan Police Service,Transport for London and/ or others, including London Boroughs, to maximise the positive impact of markets in London and address any problems. In this context, the Committee welcomes your comments andwill considerthem alongside the detailed written submission we have already received from the Friends of Queen's Market. We are now in theprocess ofreviewing all the information we have received, including the information obtained at our recent meeting at Toynbee Hall, to produce a written report which sets out our findings and recommendations about markets across the capital. This is likely to be published in the next few months. In our report it will not be possible forus to focus in detail on each of the markets in London since there are so many but we will consider the information on Queen's Market particularly where it supports any wider points about markets across thewhole ofthe capital that we might wish to make.
Question Time in Ilford: FoQM members attended the meeting with Ken Livingstone, distributions leaflets and wrote in questions to add pressure. A student from Greenwich University was doing a 15 minute radio piece for his dissertation on the campaign.
Local Schools: Students from Lister School and other locals aredoing there GCSE geography project based around the heirachies within markets, with particular focus on Queen's Market.
FoQM lobbied the St Modwen AGM on Friday 27th April 2007. The meeting tookplace at the Ironmongers Hall in the City. Campaigners distributed leaflets andmanaged to raise the subject in the meeting. From what has been discovered thusfar the St Modwen board have been far from candid about the adverse PR thecompany has been receiving.
22nd January 2009
Over 3000 planning objections and rising!
Planning objections are pouring in to Newham council. Local people are determined to make sure that their voice is finally heard.
Locals queue to express their planning objections On Saturday 24th May 2008 over 150 people queued at Queen's Market to write out their objections to the hugely controversial St Modwen plansfor the Queen's Market site. Shoppers and local residents expresseddisgust and dismay at the underhand tactics employed by Newham council and the developers. Peopleare incensed that their concerns have been ignored and are horrified by the duplicity and bullying tactics being employed by those intent on driving this scheme through at all costs
WARNING Sir Robin Wales and St Modwen may not welcome searching questions. Beware the gloss and spin. Dealing with the Mayor of Newham brings to minda quotation from Shakespeare's play Macbeth - "There's daggers in men's smiles"
"Saving the market is not just about money, it's about our culture, and our culture is priceless". - Poet Benjamin Zephaniah on Queen's Market ..........................................................
It now transpires that if St Modwen get their way they intend to buildseveral towerblocks including one that is 31-storeys high on the Queen's Market site, some350 executive apartments (and rising!) willalso further exacerbate the problemof parking. Why the silence fromNewham council on this? Why hasthe Newham Recorderbeen so timid in its reporting of the Queen's Marketstory? People have begun to suspect a near symbiotic relationship between thepaper and Newham Council. Call Colin 'Nipper' Grainger(the Editor) Tel:- 0208 472 1421 and see if you can find out why the paper isso reluctant to give thisstory greater prominence. Maybe the power ofadvertising revenue ensures an unwillingness to want to probe or even dare tocriticise. Bewarned though, by all accounts he becomes very defensive when thisissue is raised. Other newspapers most notably the Stratford Guardian havebeen far more robust in their coverage of this highly controversial issue. At theclose of 2006 the Stratford Guardian ceased publication leaving only twonewspapers in Newham, the Newham Recorder and Stratford & NewhamExpress (a free sheet) - both papers owned by the Archant Group. Queen'sMarket is now in real danger thanks to the arrogant and intransigent behaviourof Sir Robin Wales (Mayor of Newham). He is a thrasonical man who in theopinion of many promises mountains, but delivers molehills. 'Regeneration'Newham council-style has already seen the wrecking of Rathbone Market,CanningTown. 'Consultations' are bogus and invariably all local people get offered isa Hobson's choice. No wonder many people don't trust Sir Robin Wales and hisspin-meisters, they've heard it all before. "NewhamCouncil is run by blockheads who want to kill this asset and drive people toturkey twizzlers." Yasmin Alibhai Brown, Evening Standard(27/4/2005). Queen'sMarket offers a world of shopping in one place
Instead ofa market centric scheme that is sensitive to the needs of shoppers,traders andlocal residents Newham council and its developer friendsare swimming againstthe tide and want to house people in vast towerblocks. What is worse they nowseek to legitimise their grubby schemewith retrospective spective consultationsand hollow boasts about"exciting architecture" by the self-proclaimed"Regeneration specialists". Yet for all the boasting and bombast boththe council and St Modwen seem unusually coy when it comes to the 31 storeytowerblock. It's time to bin the St Modwen's scheme Number ofvistors to this website: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/04/368934.html
The strange case of the one horse raceFoQM arenow seeking answers to the following:-Of the 54developers that answered the council's original advertisement in the EstatesGazette four were chosen. Three then pulled out, making St ModwenProperties Plc the only company to put forward detailed proposals. The peopleof Newham were then offered nothing more than Hobson's choice - you can haveanything as long as it's St Modwen. It came as little surprise thenthat in 2006 Sir Robin Wales trumpeted his selection of St Modwen as"the preferred developer". It now emerges that council officershave retrospectively decided to treat the market as a land disposal not aprocurement exercise. Things are beginning to look curiouser and curiouser!PriceWaterhouse Coopers have felt quite at liberty to reveal these details, yet SirRobin chose to keep Newham people and many of his own councillors in the darkabout this. The risible excuse for his actions being that he wasprotecting commerical confidentiality. .................................................................................................
BallotcallFoQM arecalling for a ballot in order to ensure that local people have the final say onplans for Queen's Market. The Mayorhas shown that he is 'frit' on this issue. He is terrified of putting thisissue to a democratic vote. More news of this to follow.Lettersin the Stratford & Newham Express 28th February 2007DearEditor,As aBrazilian living in Newham, I love Queen's Market because it enables me to buyaffordable good quality fruit and vegetables.Itworries me that if a private company operates the market they will be solelyinterested in profit and not the interests of the community. I am on a modestincome and the market makes it possible for me to buy plenty of healthy food,something which is not possible in the majority of London's boroughs.Surelythe people of Newham should have the final say on the future of their marketnot a Mayor who never shops there.Regards,FaberluciaRodovalho, East Ham
WOMEN'S MARCHWomen arethe main shoppers at the market. On Saturday 28th October 2006 some 200grandmothers, local businesswomen, ladies in burkahs, housewives withprams, made their way from Plashet Park at 11am, proceeded downGreen Street and into the market to demand to be heard on the future ofthe market. There was a samba band playing, and the event bothpeaceful and positive.Shouldyou wish to make use of this image that featured in the Daily Telegraphplease be sure to contact the photographer directly. Richard Duffy:- Tel0776481097.Thisevent featured in the Daily Telegraph Business section on 31.10.2006You mightalso like to see Peter Marshall's photographs:-http://mylondondiary.co.ukhttp://www.guardian-series.co.uk/search/display.var.1000822.0.leave_the_market_alone.php
Take backSaturday - THE BIG PUSHSaturday16th September 2006 1.00pm - 3.00pm Join withus at the market to show solidarity with our campaign and show St ModwenProperties that they and their scheme are not wanted. Peaceful and positive isthe order of the day. Themarket belongs to the people, let's keep it that way!
NEFReport on Queen's Market:- Monday 22nd May 2006This NewEconomics Foundation report helps elucidate why Queen's Market plays such avital role in the community. It certainly makes a compelling case for rejectingthe Wales/St Modwen scheme.
Local andMayor Elections:- Thursday 4th May 2006 Thefollowing political parties in Newham; the Christian Peoples Alliance, theConservatives, the Green Party, the Liberal Democrats and Respect all opposethe Mayor of Newham's ill-conceived proposals. Only Sir Robin Wales andthe Labour Party are against cherishing and refurbishing Queen's Market.Weurge the local community not to vote Labour this time.
Momentum06:- 17th-19th March 2006 11am - 6pmOccurrences - by Saif OsmaniFriendsof Queen's Market exhibited artwork that has featured as part of theirinnovative campaign. This was part of E7 Arts - http://www.e7arts.orgTheinstallation featured photographs by Adrian Arbib and cartoons by JohnPeasnall.Theexhibition took place at the Passmore Edwards Museum (part of theUniversity of East London), Stratford, London, E15 4LZ.A wealthof new contacts and supporters resulted.A verybig thank you to Saif for all his hard work and artistic vision.NewhamCouncil meeting 3rd April 2006Cllr AlanCraig (CPA) supported by all the opposition councillors is moving the followingmotion:- FurtherQueen's Market consultationVerballyand in writing the Mayor has said that he will consult on the final plans forQueen's Market and if the public do not want them they will not go ahead.Anthony Glossop, Chairman of St Modwen, has added his voice to the issuesaying, "We will now embark on a further consultation exercise to ensurethat local needs and concerns are fully addressed, before submitting ourdetailed plans for approval." A banneracross the entrance to the market, bearing the Newham Council logo announces,'We are building a better Queen's Market for Green Street' presupposing thatpublic agreement and planning permission have already been obtained.Thebanner is a cynical flouting of public opinion by the Mayor, and Councilinsists that the plans do not go ahead until a proper independent consultationhas taken place as promised.True toform the Newham Recorder (29/3/2006) buried mention of this motionon Page 41