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Farmers' market in Brixton

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Planty, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    I should have known better with the apples though. Just had "must buy what's on the list" in my head without actually thinking about what was in season. Ie nothing much when it comes to fruit. Doh.
     
  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    We had some from the market today!
     
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  3. fortyplus

    fortyplus smug git

    Yes. Leeks are bound to have bolted at this time of year. Shouldn't be selling them.
     
  4. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    I am going to complain to them next week.
     
  5. Ol Nick

    Ol Nick beer in Brixton

    Mangoes! (Obviously not Kent mangoes though.)

    Strawberries (more or less).

    And soon the berries will start.
     
  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  7. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    ???? WTF, there's a reason somewhere, someone must know something. It could potentially move to Electric Avenue perhaps?
     
  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I don't think a move has been scheduled.





     
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  9. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    So... I see a petition has been launched to save the Farmers' market.

    Lambeth Council: Help save Brixton Farmers Market.

    I'm guessing it's been set up by the profit-making company that runs it and dozens of other markets across London?

    It states how important this farmers' market is to the local community.

    Fun to read the first few pages of this thread and discussions about whether the introduction of a farmers market to Brixton represented gentrification, whether it would be priced beyond the means of the local community, what kind of people it would attract to Brixton, whether it was greenwash, how it would compete with the traditional market holders, some comment about existing stallholders who seemed to be moved on to make way for it.

    If it's true that the petition was set up by the city-based company that profits from the market, it'll be interesting to see how unquestioningly the "local community" supports it.
     
  10. happyshopper

    happyshopper Well-Known Member

    My understanding is that the commercial enterprise that organises a number of (so-called) farmers' markets and originally established the one in Station Road, decided a year or so ago to drop the one in Brixton. So for the past few months it has been run independently by Brixton Market Traders' Federation.
     
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  11. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Ah - I see. Do we know why they dropped the Brixton one?
     
  12. shygirl

    shygirl Well-Known Member

    It'll be a precursor to putting an end to the Brixton Market Traders' Fed running the Saturday markets. Fucking Lambeth Council.
     
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  13. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The London Farmers' market site bears that out: it just says
    Whereas the Brixton Station Rd market site is up and says:
     
  14. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    "Poor footfall".
     
  15. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    That's probably why lambeth were able to get rid of them without having to take on a big company
     
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  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    You'd think it would be up to the traders to decide what's a poor footfall for their company. It sounds like they don't want to go so they must have been doing alright.
     
  17. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    for the last 18 months or so it has been run as a CIC by the traders themselves, poor footfall has nothing to do with this. Lambeth were getting all their money in full and on time and that is their only concern regarding the market, it is up to the market traders if they decide the footfall is not enough to sustain a business. One of the reasons LFM pulled out was the potential for disruption with the work on the Arches, and that Lambeth were going to be reviewing all the markets in Brixton and they didn't like the uncertainty. My feeling is that this is much more to do with Lambeth's 'vision' of the future
     
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  18. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    The company that fucked off decided the footfall was "poor", because sales by the stalls didn't really justify the company's fees (and supposed expenditure). Actual footfall as it matters to the stallholders has been fine.
     
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  19. shygirl

    shygirl Well-Known Member

    Lambeth can fuck off if it thinks its gonna get rid of the all the markets (as they currently are) :mad:. They're a shower of c...s and they won't be happy til Brixton resembles Spitalfields.
     
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  20. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    What, dead, soulless and full of braying cunts called Jasper or Tabitha?
     
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  21. shygirl

    shygirl Well-Known Member

    That's the one :mad:
     
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  22. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    Strange times indeed when a farmer's market is having to be defended against the forces of regeneration
     
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  23. Twattor

    Twattor Well-Known Member

    My understanding is as VP's. Farmer's market didn't get enough fees irrespective of the traders being happy with footfall. Traders bought them out. Traders are happy. I don't understand why this is happening unless there is a contractual requirement to serve notice
     
  24. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    traders didn't buy them out, LFM pulled out and then the traders went to Lambeth to continue there
     
  25. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Here is what Lambeth say. As ever, things appear not be as simple as presented in some quarters.

    Love Lambeth

     
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  26. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    I hadn't realised that the traders hadn't followed through on the setting up of the CIC, having seen how much paperwork is involved I'm not surprised. When I talked to them the contract was always up for renewal at the end of this month along with all the markets run by Lambeth
     
  27. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Lambeth really need to sort out their communication skills.
     
  28. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Looks like it has been being run by these people

    Griffin & Kendall (@GKandC) | Twitter

    who also run a farmers' market at the Horniman.

    The question I'm most interested in: why do Lambeth want it to be run by a CIC? Is it because they think it's the sort of thing people want to see - community run ventures instead of commercial ones? On the surface it seems like the kind of thing people here are often banging on about - community good, commercial evil. But I can see that from the traders point of view they might rather pay a certain amount for the thing to be run professionally, instead of having to be involved in the paperwork and responsibility and time commitments themselves. Something perhaps portrayed in the failure to get a CIC off the ground.
     
  29. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    A CIC is a relatively old fashioned structure - but one which allows trading "profits" or surplus to be taken out and distributed to members.
     
  30. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    the gumpf to set up a CIC runs to nearly 200 pages, and when I was involved in looking at setting one up with one of the market traders we both realised that more time would be spent on the paperwork than on actually running the market so when someone else came in we backed off
     

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