Families’ fury as Spitalfields Market gets 7-day trading go-ahead

Families plan to appeal against a local authority decision to allow London’s famous Spitalfields Market to operate every day of the week.

The families living next to the market in London’s East End say the only day of peace they get from crowds of shoppers and revellers is Saturday.

But now Tower Hamlets council’s development committee has given the go-ahead to Town & Country Markets which runs Spitalfields to operate Saturdays as well.

That’s infuriated six community organisations representing 1,000 people which claim the Town Hall has broken its pledge when the market first opened in 2004 that there would be no Saturday trading.

“We’re not asking much for one night of peace and quiet,” said Spitalfields Market Residents Group chairman Mike Myers.

“Saturday will melt into Sunday and we’ll get no peace all week, with 15,000 people coming through each day.”

But councillors were persuaded by a survey the market management carried out among shoppers supporting Saturday trading.

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Now the families plan to appeal before the full council to try and overturn the decision.

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