Photograph above: Columbia Rd Flower Market
The proposal to have a flower market in Chiswick High Rd has received a huge boost, with the backing of Steve Curran, the Leader of Hounslow Council. He is now setting up a team of council officers to work with the organisers of the market to make it happen. Steve was at the public meeting held last Thursday and told me:
“I was delighted to be invited to the public meeting to discuss the proposals for a Sunday flower market in Chiswick. I thought the meeting was very successful, there were some good points made and good questions asked, there was a clear consensus that the proposals should be taken forward.
“I’ve already discussed this with the Chief Executive, Niall Bolger, he will be setting up a small project team to take this forward. I wish all those involved the best of luck and the Council will do everything we can to make it a success”.
The idea, put forward by a consortium of residents and businesses, including The Chiswick Calendar, is to have a market on the first Sunday of every month in Chiswick’s historic market place – the car park outside the police station – to attract people into the area and revitalise the local economy.
Photograph above: Public meeting at George IV
About 120 people came to the meeting, among them many local traders. On the platform were Ollie Saunders, a commercial surveyor, whose idea this is, Karen Liebreich MBE, Director of Abundance London, myself and Ben Bullman, General Manager of George IV.
“I love the positive energy. It’s what we need. It’s a no-brainer, a very positive thing”, said John Fitzgerald, who has run Snappy Snaps on the High Rd for more than 30 years.
Read more about the ideas outlined at the meeting here.