August is normally a slow month for traders but the stall-holders on Electric Avenue can look forward to nearly £1m of investment after proposals to spruce up the market were approved last week.
Over the past six months we have been working with Brixton Market Traders Federation and asking shoppers what they thought worked and what they thought didn’t work about the market. As a result, a number of improvements will be made to the look and layout of Electric Avenue.
The most noticeable will be that stalls will be re-positioned, so that they are no longer squashed close to one side of the street. Instead they will occupy the middle of the road which we hope will make it easier for people to move around the market and make the stalls visible to shoppers on both sides of the road. Traders will get also get larger, modern pitches so they have more space and can display more goods. A recurring complaint about the current market is that there is too much rubbish, with big piles of cardboard boxes and bin bags left to mount up at the side of the road as the day goes on. To address this new hand held-electric carts will be introduced, allowing waste to be collected more frequently.
A number of other small tweaks will be made too. For details, as well as pictures of the new-look market see: http://futurebrixton.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/20150727-design-proposals.pdf
It goes without saying that the street market and the traders who operate it are an integral part of Brixton’s character and identity. We hope this investment and the plans that we have worked up together will be good for traders, good for shoppers and help the market go from strength to strength.
Work is set to get underway in October and will be completed by March 2016.