Row over cancellation of Chiswick Antiques Market

The new Antiques and Vintage market which was to have been held this Sunday in Chiswick High Rd has been cancelled.

Chiswick councillors were informed by LB Hounslow on Friday 11 December that the antiques market that was to have been held on 13 December had been cancelled because the Council was not satisfied that the market organisers would provide a Covid secure environment.

According to the email the councillors received, the organisers had not provided sufficient evidence that the running of the market would ensure general public safety.

Council’s version of events “pure drivel”

The organiser of the market, Jennifer Titmuss has hit back that “the story that Hounslow Borough Council have given is “pure drivel”.

“The truth is that the events department (it is they who have cancelled) only got word early this week that the market was taking place.

“Despite me giving them every document relating to risks, safety etc that was deemed appropriate by the safety advisory group and the subsequent granting of my licence to run the market, they had not left themselves enough time to tick their boxes and informed me at 7.00pm on Friday night.

“I am very disappointed along with many others of course – and I shall be launching a formal complaint against that one particular person on Monday morning. I am really sorry to disappoint having worked so hard to put the licence application together”.

Not so, says the council

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, told The Chiswick Calendar:

 “We understand the organisers of the Chiswick Antiques Market are disappointed and frustrated. However, having reviewed the requirement of Council events policy, it is clear the reason provided – that the organisers had not provided adequate evidence of COVID-19 safety measures – was accurate. It is incorrect to suggest otherwise.

 “Our principal responsibility in his matter must be the safety of the public, and it was for that reason the event was cancelled. We look forward to working with the organisers to provide a Covid secure event for future markets.”

The Council said it would continue to work with the organisers to ensure it could operate appropriately at the proposed market for January. Jennifer said: “It will take place on 10 January.

Image above: St Albans Antiques and Vintage market

Jennifer Titmuss, who runs a regular antiques and vintage market in St Albans, was granted a licence last month to place stalls in Old Market Place, where Chiswick Flower Market is held, and all along the south side of the High Rd as far as the South Beach shop at 123 Chiswick High Road.

“A monthly antique and vintage market would bring visitors, vibrancy and opportunity to an already popular and atmospheric community, help improve the potential for local shops and businesses, particularly after such a hard and terrible year” Jennifer told LB Hounslow’s licensing committee.

The antiques and vintage market was due to start on Sunday 13 December, to be held on the second Sunday of every month, with up to 80 traders once Covid restrictions are lifted, selling all sorts of antique and vintage objects, including architectural salvage, furniture (upcycled and not), French Brocante, ‘collectables’ such as china dolls and World War II memorabilia, ‘ephemera’ – printed materials such as post cards – and ‘kitchenabilia’ – old kitchen stuff.

In her submission to Hounslow Council’s Licensing committee, Jennifer Titmuss said the layout of the market had been designed for easy access for people to the shops as well as to the stalls, in both a Covid and post-Covid scenario.

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