New bid for monthly street food market in Chiswick

Image above: Richard Johnson on Dragons Den

Comments on application can be made up until Sunday (2 July)

A second application to set up a monthly street food market in the centre of Chiswick has been sent to Hounslow Council.

Richard Johnson applied for a licence in March but was turned down. He is now applying again to run the event on the fourth Sunday of the month. After the Chiswick Flower Market was introduced on the first Sunday, the Antiques and Vintage market on the second Sunday and the Chsiwick Cheese Market on the third Sunday, many people in Chiswick have wondered whether there would be something to attract people to the High Rd on the fourth Sunday.

Richard says the Licensing Panel rejected the plan for the market when he applied in March due to ‘a couple of technicalities’.

The original bid attracted 12 objections and three comments in favour. Much of the opposition to his proposal suggested it would be unfair competition for existing cafes and restaurants in the area which have to pay business rates on property.

Supporters of the application say that, like other markets, a street food market would boost footfall on the High Road, benefitting all traders.

The market, if approved would have 64 pitches from 137 to 209 Chiswick High Road, in the area known as Old Market Place.

Mr Johnson is a journalist and entrepreneur in the field of street food markets. Earlier this year he appeared on Dragons’ Den but failed to persuade any of the dragons to back his street food related idea.

Conservative Councillor Joanna Biddolph led opposition the previous application, claiming it would take business away from Chiswick’s bricks and mortar businesses.

Comments on the application can be made to licensing@hounslow.gov.uk up until this Sunday (2 July).