HAVERING Council approved the building of a new market house in Romford on Thursday as part of a regeneration programme.
The new structure will feature an open terrace on its first floor, places to eat and facilities for market traders.
Councillor Roger Ramsey, the leader of Havering Council, said the building’s design stays faithful to the town’s roots.
He said: “Based upon advice we received from those operating successful markets around the country, it was decided that a key ingredient in regenerating Romford Market and market place should be the permanent provision of a quality catering offer to act as a draw and as a focal point within the town, to complement existing businesses. Following this advice, our architects were briefed to develop a design which respects the history of Market Place, the town centre and neighbouring historic buildings.
“I am pleased that work can now begin on the very important work of regenerating Romford Market. To coin a phrase the mayor of London used when describing Gallows Corner during a visit to our borough last year, “the status quo is not an option”. Without positive action Romford Market is in danger of withering and eventually dying. We want to revitalise the market and the new Market House and public space that will be created in front of some of our most important and historic buildings in the borough will help do that,” he added.
The decision comes after a year long consultation, which saw 90 percent of the 120 responses to the plans approve its creation. Work is expected to begin this spring.
Other projects include the pedestrianisation of the western end of Market Place in front of St Edward’s Church to create new open space.
The eastern end will continue to provide parking on non-market days.