Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Dec 21, 2017.
This is scandalous.
So sad to see this.
Trying to message ketwork fail and their website is MUCH worse than useless for getting comments, questions or complaints
I buy my fruit off them. They've been in Brixton for years.
Network Rail don't give a shit. It's more than annoying.
Were you swimming at the Rec today Gramsci? I was there with my mum and the kids. I thought it might be you but wasn't sure without you being on your bike
As most of the people who had also been "in Brixton for years" have been replaced by a 'new demographic' who, just like the people who run Network Rail, have priorities in Brixton which are other than the purchase of fruit and vegetables, they were always going to be on borrowed time.
If the chairman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and chief executive officer (email@example.com) of Network Rail are as concerned about this as some of you might like to think, no doubt we will all hear from them.
Yes I was. Around midday. Getting last swim before Christmas.
We buy fruit from them. Very friendly. Very sad to read that their market stall in Main open Market space of Electric Avenue will have to close down. Can only assume it is because of loss of storage space under the arches somewhere that Network Rail control. I do not believe that Network Rail control the Market Stall places in Electric Avenue, if they do, something very wrong. Thanks very much to the delightful Kelly Family, will miss you both very much. Hope you have a good future. All good wishes Moggy1
Similar things happening in Hackney.
East End artists and businesses driven out as railway rents spiral
Bumped because most of the arches have now been sold to two real estate investment firms.
That neatly strips Network Rail of any obligation to keep to their promises about not filling the refurbed arches with chains.
The new owners will probably be obliged to consider not filling the refurbished arches with the usual restaurants and bars though, just as they will consider the opinion of the existing tenants when thinking about putting the rent up and consider how they can help existing tenants that cant pay the increased rent. In fact all three processes could concievably use the same waste paper bin.
It's a real shame that longstanding independent businesses are being forced out like this. Has network rail bothered to comment at all?
The sale has been forced on NR by previous chancellor of Exchequer Osborne..They weren't happy about it. NR had seen at St Pancreas for example how lucrative arches could be. Evecting Brixton arches for refurbishment was NR realising potential.
So they were well pissed off at sale.
The argument NR used for eviction of existing business and refurbishment was potential income that would be reinvested in rail network.
Now with this " fire " sale this income stream will no longer be available.
Its argument between different types of capitalism imo.
Depressionally the ordinary Joe is a loser whstever happens.
I think arches should have been kept with NR.
At least then some political oversight could have been kept.
Update - Lambeth Council considering Sunday opening for Brixton market with ‘small increase’ in trader pitch fees
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