South London Press Today By Henry Ellis
A GROUP of shopkeepers and cafe owners claim they could be weeks away from going bust because a revamped market is taking their business.
The newly formed Lower Marsh Action Group (LMAG) members complain they are struggling to compete because new market traders have lower overheads. They say they voted in favour of the market – open from Wednesday to Friday in Waterloo – being rejuvenated because they were sold the idea of a craft market with few food stalls.
But Westminster Artisans (WA), which manages the market for Lambeth council, and Waterloo Quarter, a business-led lobbying group set up to promote the area, have defended the move to entice more market traders into the busy shopping stretch.
They claim to have the support of most traders and residents in the area. But hundreds have signed an LMAG petition calling for the number of food stalls to be cut.
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