A major project to improve Venn Street in Clapham to allow the popular monthly market there to go weekly has been completed successfully.
Lambeth Council has been working on a range physical improvements since June to allow part of the road to be closed to traffic every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in preparation for the market going weekly in October.
The completion of the work is to be marked with a special event at 2pm on Friday 30 September where there will be live music, speeches and a celebratory ribbon cutting.
Cllr Nigel Haselden from Lambeth Council and Daniel Moylan, Deputy Chairman of Transport for London, will give speeches and there will displays showing the proposed future phases of the Clapham Old Town regeneration project, as well as information on sustainable transport options such as car clubs and cycling, as well as a Dr Bike cycle repair surgery.
The work has seen a new central paved area introduced outside the Clapham Picturehouse and the nearby cafes and restaurants, using high quality paving to bring the pavement and road to the same level. At weekends this area will accommodate market stalls selling a wide range of items from organic fruit & vegetables to garden accessories and plants New trees and cycle parking have been introduced, providing a fantastic new environment for shopping and socialising, and signage and street lighting has been fixed on buildings wherever possible to reduce clutter. Electrical power points will also be introduced for market traders.
Cllr Nigel Haselden, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Strategic Transport, said: “This work has improved the appearance of Venn Street as well as enabling it to become a permanent home for the market, which is fantastic because it’s proven tremendously popular and given the area a real buzz.
“Lambeth Council is really keen to support enterprises like this one, because they help support the local economy and make our town centres more attractive. Street markets are a vital part of London life, and I’m delighted this project has been completed on time and within budget.”
Daniel Moylan, Deputy Chairman of Transport for London (TfL), said: “These improvements make a significant contribution to transforming the area, improving the quality of life for people in the borough, and supporting local business.
“It is a great example of how TfL and the boroughs are contributing to the Mayor of London’s Great Outdoors programme to transform the streets and public spaces in the capital in advance of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Venn Street Market has proved hugely popular since it started operating on a monthly basis in late 2009. The market is a result of a partnership between Lambeth Council and market operator Sourced Market. Suppliers include local butcher Moen’s and London’s first organic bakers, The Old Post Office, which started in Venn Street 30 years ago, and there is always a delicious array of hot foods. See http://www.vennstreetmarket.co.uk for more.
The work forms phase 1 of the Clapham Gateway project, which aims to improve the area between Clapham Common Station to Clapham Old Town.
Future proposals include the potential creation of a new piazza area and the removal of the eastern carriageway of Old Town to through traffic.