Market gives area a boost

by Will Davies An area blighted by crime and anti-social behaviour has been given a new lease of life with the opening of a traditional streetside market. Maida Hill Market, at the junction with Harrow Road and Elgin Avenue, is the first

by Will Davies

An area blighted by crime and anti-social behaviour has been given a new lease of life with the opening of a traditional streetside market.

Maida Hill Market, at the junction with Harrow Road and Elgin Avenue, is the first regular market in Westminster for 50 years and organisers hope it will attract people back to shop in their own neighbourhood.

Julie Bundy, neighbourhood renewal manager at Harrow Road Neighbourhood Partnership, said: "We have been working for five years to make sure that this space becomes a place which residents can be proud of.

"The new market looks set to rejuvenate the area by providing an excellent shopping destination for the people living here as well as space for community events and projects to take place when the market is not running."

The 20-stall market will offer a variety of fresh fruit and veg, clothes and daily essentials, as well as a store run by local youth club, The Stowe Centre, to encourage young people to become entrepreneurs.

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It will run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm.

For a full report and more pictures see the Times on Thursday

w.davies@archant.co.uk

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