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East End market could get Olympic funding

PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:16 05 October 2010

By Else Kvist THE council has said Olympic funding is expected for a famous East End market after residents and traders complained Tower Hamlets is not doing enough in time for the 2012 Games. Alan T

By Else Kvist

THE council has said Olympic funding is expected for a famous East End market after residents and traders complained Tower Hamlets is "not doing enough" in time for the 2012 Games.

Alan Tucker, who lives near Bow's Roman Road, had said its market is "nearly dead" and not "lively and vibrant" as the council describes it in a conservation report.

He said: "In three years time 1.2 million people will come to see the Olympics, less than one mile from the market. As a resident I would be ashamed for the world to see my local area in its current state. The council is not doing enough to improve it."

During a deputation to Tower Hamlets cabinet, supported by 40 people including 17 shopkeepers, Mr Tucker called for the conservation report's description to be changed.

"We need an honest starting point. Only then can we work to conserve all that is good and remedy what is failing," he said

The conservation report is due before the cabinet in January.

A council spokeswoman said: "The report's plans include marketing and publicity of Roman Road market, and training of traders and shopkeepers during February and March next year."

She said Olympic funding, specifically to improve the Roman Road Market, was expected.

An officer to deliver "strategic objectives" across all markets is also being recruited.

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