Thursday, 3 November 2011
Market Traders have published their latest set of concerns and demands over our Council's plans to allow developers Orion to build seven floors of luxury flats on top of the Market, and the document is published in full below. Many thanks to them for sending it to me. (Click on "view in full screen" - 1st button on left at the bottom for ease of reading)
What shines through in almost every point they make is the complete absence of any trust between either the traders and the property developers - which is to be expected, but also now between the traders and their own Council. That is perhaps due to Cllr Greenhalgh's broken promise over the Goldhawk Block row of shops, which some of the traders feel is emblematic of how the Council has dealt with them.
This set of concerns follows those published by the residents living in the streets around the Market, notably Pennard and Goldhawk Road, which I published here.
In short the Traders fear being priced out by rent hikes and are angry at a 'divide and rule' approach to the compensation on offer to some but not all traders for the disruption to their livelihoods while the Market is knocked down and rebuilt, and then the luxury flats are built on top of them. Orion's proposal to rename part of the Market "crook", I think, speaks loudest of all.
SBMTA's Concerns Regarding Orion's Planning Application (1)
Posted by Chris Underwood at 05:21