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CHINGFORD: Farmers' market petition gathers momentum
CAMPAIGNERS who want a farmers' market on their high street to boost business for struggling traders say the campaign is gathering momentum.
A petition calling for the market to come to Station Road, Chingford, has gathered more than 900 signatures in just over a month, and organiser Adam Osen, of Woodberry Way in Chingford, said he is confident they can hit the 4,000 mark necessary to trigger a full debate on the issue by Waltham Forest Council.
The 53-year-old added: "It's going fantastically well, I wouldn't be at all surprised if we made 4,000 if we put a bit more effort into it.
"Chingford would really benefit from a street market, but the nearest one's in Walthamstow. It would attract shoppers back to the area and would help create a stronger community, which would help struggling shops."
He said the market would discourage people from travelling to Walthamstow or Loughton to buy the fresh bread, meat, vegetables and other goods stocked by such markets, while the produce would not clash with that of the retailers along the road.
"We want to keep it local so we'd approach nearby farmers at first," he said. "But if that's not practical we would go with a company."
The co-owner of Station Road card and gift shop Needful Things, Debbie Carter, said it would help ensure that Chingford shoppers spent their cash in their own area.
"It would be so important to have the market here," she said. "It's very heartening to see people coming in and signing it the petition in the local shops. At the moment most people's money goes to shops in Loughton or elsewhere in our borough but this means we would benefit as well."
People can sign the petition in several shops along the high street, or can click here.