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Local markets celebrate during Love Your Local Market fortnight

The vibrancy of Lambeth’s street and indoor markets will be celebrated this weekend as National Market Day kicks off Love Your Local Market fortnight (23 June to 8 July)

Visitors to the world famous Brixton Market on Saturday, will be able to enjoy La rumba del Mercado, an event organised by Brixton Market Trader’s Federation. It will bring Latin American flair to Brixton Station Road, with stalls from community organisations, entertainment, food, fashion and more.

On 1 July, Herne Hill will see a new community led market on Railton Road, delivering locally sourced produce and crafts to local residents and visitors.

Lambeth Council has worked alongside community groups and local businesses to develop and deliver specialised markets throughout the borough, and is showing its support for Love Your Local Market Fortnight by:

  • Waiving pitch charges for all Lambeth registered casual traders on National Market Day (23 June)
  • Waiving pitch fees for our registered permanent traders for one week
  • Offering trader workshops for people who are considering taking up street trading. These will be delivered by the Brixton Market Traders Federation

Eight different markets in Lambeth offer a wide of variety of food, clothes, books, organic goods and arts and crafts. Brixton Market, Brixton Farmers’ Market, Brixton Indoor Market, Clapham Farmers’ Market, Oval Farmers’ Market, South Bank Book Market, Lower Marsh Market and Venn Street Market  all create a destination for visitors, stimulate the local economy and create business opportunities for local people.

Venn Street Market is a more recent edition to the borough’s array of markets, having been run weekly since October last year. It has blossomed since the completion of a project to transform traffic-cluttered Venn Street into an urban oasis.

Cllr Pete Robbins, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “Street markets are a vital part of London life. People want markets that offer something a bit different from the normal products found in the supermarkets.

“The Venn Street scheme has been a fantastic success story, providing a permanent home for the market and giving the area a real buzz.

“The revival of Brixton Market has been another success story, creating jobs and attracting shoppers to the area. Markets help support the local economy and make our town centres more attractive.”

The national campaign celebrates the important role markets play in attracting people into town centres and the economic boost they give areas. It also highlights how street markets add choice, social interaction and energy to high streets as well as providing an excellent platform for start up businesses.

The move to boost market trade follows retail guru Mary Portas’ review of high streets which was commissioned by the Government last year and published in December.

It suggests how the Government, local authorities, businesses and others could do to boost the high streets in the face of changing shopping habits.

Ms Portas says high streets need to build on their strengths and offer exciting shopping experiences to provide an appealing alternative to online shopping and out of town retail parks.

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