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New date for Camden Town market closure

Container complex to replace Buck Street trading area

07 February, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

Buck Street Market

A STREET market in Camden Town will close this spring ahead of a revamp of the site, the New Journal has learned.

Buck Street Market was handed a last-minute reprieve after a bid was made last year to close it.

But time is now running out again, with the site’s owner, Camden Market, previously known as Labtech, looking to install a new container park complex.

Planning permission has already been granted.

The company also owns Hawley Wharf, currently being redeveloped, and Stables market.

A long-term plan to build a four-storey block on the site, with a market on the ground floor and a hotel on upper floors, has been shelved while Transport for London works on building a new entrance to Camden Town tube station by Buck Street.

New tunnels will be dug beneath the site.

Continuing uncertainty has caused unrest among market traders, who were told last year that they had just days left before the market would close.

This did not happen, but some traders had already laid off staff and sold stock.

One trader, who did not wish to be named, said: “No one is taking a lot of money at the moment. Nobody knows if they are coming or going. The owners are happy to take our rent each week but not so forthcoming when it comes to answering our questions. We feel that with the new Hawley market about to open they are concentrating on getting that sorted and ignoring us.”

How the new container park complex will look in Camden Town

Stallowners said they feared Stables market was a distraction – and that there had been uncertainty after chief executive Chen Moravsky abruptly left his post overseeing the markets overhaul in the autumn.

“They wanted to change the Stables, make it so much more food orientated, but we can see it means the market just isn’t trading as it used to and for the businesses, this makes for uncertainty – something we can ill afford,” the trader said.

A spokesperson for Camden Market said it was working on what sort of traders the new market would have, adding: “We can confirm that our proposed new container market on the Buck Street site will open as planned in early summer. Our focus over the next few weeks is to continue discussions with existing and potential traders to create an exciting mix to fit with our vision to re-energise the market.”

They added: “We are still very excited by our proposals, which were approved by Camden Council’s planning committee in October, and believe our plans will improve security to provide a more pleasant and comfortable shopping and browsing experience and increase the open space available for people to relax in.”

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