Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Whitton gets monthly market by popular demand


In response to huge demand from the Whitton community, Richmond Council have given permission for the Whitton Business Association to hold a community market on the High Street, with the first one planned to take place on Sunday 30 September.

The Council secured £360,000 for Whitton from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund for improving Whitton High Street, which included providing the Whitton Business Association (WBA) with some funding for marketing materials to promote the market.

The launch of the market follows the completion of numerous other projects that have taken place as part of the Council’s Uplift programme. Uplift is the Council’s programme designed to rejuvenate Whitton, Hampton North, Barnes, Mortlake and Ham. Over the past year a series of physical improvements, cultural, online and business-led projects have been carried out in Whitton High Street, with more to come.

The market will have high quality local produce and fresh foods as well as more unusual foods. There will be stalls serving a hog roast, Raclette from a cheese stall and crepes made by a local French chef. For beer lovers there will be a real ale stall where shoppers can sample and buy a wide range of British and International micro-brewed beers. There will also be a children’s Fairie Dance stall for the younger visitors.

Bridget Clements, from Whitton Business Association said: “We have set up the monthly markets in response to demand from the community, and we see it as a way of helping to promote our High Street and our businesses.

“The market will be on the High Street private forecourts at the from Barclays Bank end of the High Street which will also avoid any road closures. Proceeds from the market will go towards the annual costs of the High Street Christmas lights so we hope everyone will come and support us.”

Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor said: "Following the overwhelming calls from the community for a village market, it is fantastic news that we shall see one starting up. Whitton has a fantastic village atmosphere and with the recent investment by the council this market will be the icing on the village cake. I look forward to shopping in the market and am looking forward to this new attraction in the village."

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture said: “Over 1,000 people in Whitton told us in the All in One survey that they wanted the High Street to be made more attractive and more needed to be done to improve parking and encourage shoppers. This work demonstrates that we have really listened to them and that is why we have pressed ahead with bringing a market to the area which will enhance the experience for residents as well as attracting more people to come and use the village.

“Ultimately, we’d like to thank the Whitton Business Association and all the traders for all their hard work and commitment to setting up the market which we’re certain will fulfil Whitton’s true potential as an attractive place for shoppers.”

The markets are to take place on the last Sunday of the month.  The first market is planned to take place on Sunday 30 September (10am -3pm) followed by the second on Sunday 28 October.