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Labour council bans two popular farmers’ markets in London ‘for being too middle-class’

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Labour council bans two popular farmers’ markets in London ‘for being too middle-class’

  • Bosses at Hammersmith and Fulham Council in London are a Covid-19 threat
  • RMS Markets accuse officers of utilizing the virus as an excuse to curb the markets
  • The council is accused of cancelling the market as a result of it’s ‘too center class’ 

A Labour council has banned two vastly popular farmers’ markets in what organisers worry is an assault on the center courses.

Bosses at Hammersmith and Fulham Council in West London insist that the weekly Bishops Park and Ravenscourt Park markets, the place dozens of merchants promote baked items, cheeses, fruit and different produce, are a Covid-19 threat.

But RMS Markets, which runs the occasions and has vowed to problem the council’s court docket injunction, accuse officers of utilizing the virus as an excuse to curb the markets, which they view as too middle-class.

Bosses at Hammersmith and Fulham Council in West London insist that the weekly Bishops Park and Ravenscourt Park markets, the place dozens of merchants promote baked items, cheeses, fruit and different produce, are a Covid-19 threat

In an e mail to market organisers seen by The Mail on Sunday, Steve Hollingsworth, the council’s assistant director of leisure, sport and tradition, mentioned the native authority was utilizing the closures to ‘evaluation the aim of the markets… to satisfy the council’s priorities’.

Last evening, RMS Markets supervisor Fiona Campbell mentioned: ‘We are at an entire loss as to what has occurred. We have jumped by each single Covid security hoop that has been positioned in entrance of us.

‘One concept is that they assume we’re too middle-class. Well, I can let you know that the merchants who work at these markets are simply regular, trustworthy, hard-working individuals.’

Other markets in the world, together with the every day North End Road market, which attracts hundreds, have been allowed to remain open. Meanwhile, non-essential retailers, hairdressers, gyms and sweetness salons have all opened and newest an infection figures for Hammersmith present there have been fewer than three Covid instances in the seven days to May 1. The council claims the markets have been closed to prioritise sport in Bishops Park – regardless of there being no organised sport there and indicators banning jogging and biking between 10am and 3pm.

Trader Tim Thornton, knowledgeable jazz musician who has carried out on the Proms and Glastonbury Festival, started his Face Base Pizza stall on the markets final May after gigs dried up. ‘The cash I make on the markets represents about three-quarters of my weekly revenue, so it’s devastating,’ he mentioned.

‘I simply can’t perceive why the council would shut down such a popular market, however there’s clearly one thing else occurring that we don’t find out about.’

In an email to market organisers seen by The Mail on Sunday, Steve Hollingsworth, the council¿s assistant director of leisure, sport and culture, said the local authority was using the closures to ¿review the purpose of the markets'

In an e mail to market organisers seen by The Mail on Sunday, Steve Hollingsworth, the council’s assistant director of leisure, sport and tradition, mentioned the native authority was utilizing the closures to ‘evaluation the aim of the markets’

A petition began by RMS Markets in opposition to the choice has attracted virtually 1,500 signatures and a crowdfunding marketing campaign has raised greater than £5,000.

A council spokesman mentioned: ‘The farmers’ markets are closed on public well being recommendation to adjust to social-distancing measures.

‘We look ahead to re-establishing the markets quickly following a public tender course of in which RMS can take part.’ 

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