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Romford Market will open on Sundays for the first time in recent memory, with new stalls and a wider variety for shoppers, starting from this Sunday, July 19.
Havering Council’s decision to trial Sunday opening follows the successful reopening for Romford Market from the coronavirus lockdown, which saw shoppers safely return to the market with special safety and social distancing measures in place.
It was recently announced that Dagenham Sunday Market would not be reopening from the lockdown, and over 20 new traders have already signed up to join Romford Market as a result.
The council has been exploring options for opening Romford Market on a Sunday for some time. A recent survey of market shoppers indicated that 83 per cent were in favour of a Sunday market.
Councillor Damian White, leader of Havering Council, said: “Romford Market is the jewel in the crown for Romford, so I am excited that we can open this historic location on Sundays.”
The decision is part of Havering Council’s ongoing support for businesses in the borough, especially during this challenging time. In addition to processing over £30m in government grant money to businesses, the council has worked with businesses to ensure the high streets can reopen safely.
From Monday August 3, all council-owned car parks and “stop and shop” on-street parking bays will be free of charge every Sunday.