Plans to revitalise Romford Market have been given a major boost by news that the Greater London Authority has approved Havering Council’s bid for £1m in funding towards the project.
Efforts will focus on the historic end of the Market Place with ideas including a public open space for events and activities outside St Edward the Confessor Church, new stalls and semi-permanent catering units.
The council will be working with GLA-approved architects DK-CM and stakeholders, including members, traders and visitors to the market, to consider what to spend the money on.
The money will come from the new London Regeneration Fund and is subject to match funding being released, the signing of the grant agreement and the building of a robust business case.
Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This is fantastic news for Havering. Securing this funding represents a major step forward in our efforts to breathe new life into our historic market. We want to attract new traders, increase custom for our existing stallholders and make the Market Place a more attractive destination for local shoppers and visitors alike.”
Tony Geary, chairman of Romford Market Traders Forum, said: “The committee and traders are very happy that Havering Council has been able to secure this funding to help make the market a better place to shop and trade.”