Two months after the April Farmers’ Market raised eyebrows by taking place despite the then recently imposed lockdown, it returns on Sunday with a few changes.
For a start there is a new name (see pic) which will get mixed reactions (who doesn’t love the idea of farmers selling their produce?). But there will also be fewer stalls, road closures and social distancing guidelines in place, thanks to coordination by councillors, Redbridge officers and market organisers.
The government gave the green light for open air markets to take place, and to help this happen safely, there will be greater gaps between the stalls, and the tops of Wellington Road and Nightingale Lane/Grosvenor Road will be closed to give stalls more space.
The council is inviting feedback here – and it will be interesting to see if the changes support the idea floated on these pages of an evening shutdown of the High Street to allow al fresco dining and help restaurants get back on their feet.
We’re interested in your views on how well the road closures work around Wanstead Market in opening up new cycle and walking routes. Give us your views here: https://t.co/i43fIr4dxY 🚶♂️ 🚶🏽♀️ 🚲 pic.twitter.com/12g3AfsHuH— Redbridge Council (@RedbridgeLive) June 6, 2020
#wansteadvillage – make sure you share your views on how the road closures work at the market this Sunday. We’re keen to explore the potential for more measures like this to boost cycling and walking in our ward. @JohnCryerMP @Donno28 @dhmt93 @WVLabour @jhoward87 https://t.co/9JXjkzvCSd— Jo Blackman (@Jcblackman) June 6, 2020