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<< SIDE TABS: St. Modwen's plans | Our grounds of objection | Letter to the Mayor | The community's alternative

Newham Council's planners scheme to lease the market site to developers was a defeated by an 8- year long campaign headed by Friends of Queen's Market. In the last crucial year we fought the plans at the local planning level and persuaded the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson to throw the plan out.

Sympathetic experts volunteered their time and expertise to save the market. You can read more about their work in this sections (also see side tabs).

Friends of Queen's Market are always vigilant and have recently asked for amendments to Newham Council's Core Strategy to ensure a safe and vibrant future for our local street market. The Friends of Queen's Market will be appearing in front of a public inspector later in 2011 to express their objections. Watch this space for the date!

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Over 2,600 planning objections were recorded by Newham Council's planning department against the developers plans but they were bizaarely passed at local level. However, when they went to the GLA the plans were thrown out by Boris Johnson on grounds of including "inappropriate" tower blocks. Newham Council are still keen to stick with St. Modwen as their "preferred" developers- isn't it time they binned the St. Modwen scheme?

Local people are still determined to make sure that their voice is heard and support for the market and traders remains stronger than ever.

Find out more about St. Modwen's disasterous plans

Write to the Planning Officer:

Sunil Sahadevan, Development Control, Newham Council, Town Hall Annexe, 330-354, Barking Road, East Ham, London, E6 2RT

E-mail: sunil.sahadevan@newham.gov.uk & development.control@newham.gov.uk

Tel: 020 8430 2000Ext. 22205

Fax: 020 8430 2901

Queen’s Market application number: 08/00894/FUL

Be sure to send a copy of your objections to Boris Johnson, Mayor of London mayor@london.gov.uk

Some grounds for objections made by locals and shoppers: Up to 31 storey high-rise flats overshadowing traditional London terraced homes, demolition of market, years of disruption to market, (possibility of up to 25% reduction in market size) unfit stall layouts, dull unimaginative 'clone-town' development, design problems, inadequate flooring, lack of consultation, demolition of popular pub, equalities assessment, lack of alternative and green energy use, carbon footprint nightmare, increase in noise, increase in air pollution, no bicycle routes indicated on plans, no residents' playground for proposed 1000+ permanent residents, hundreds of parking spaces causing traffic and more congestion, loss of amenity, mainly 1 & 2 bedroom flats proposed- unsuitable for local families needs, too few 'affordable' homes for local people, St. Modwen track record is under question, current economic concerns, massive rent increases, St Modwen plan to introduce an additional service charge to shops and stalls will eventually drive out small, local specialist businesses ...

If you are objecting to any plan be sure to ask for a receipt of your objection, requesting it be counted as a single objection (things are known to go missing in Newham, notably accountable representatives on the council)

Note: Objections can be submitted from outside of your local borough as well.
It is perfectly acceptable to make your planning objections in any language. You have until the day of committee. Good luck.

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GREAT NEWS


Queen's Market was one of the three finalists for the category Best Food Market in BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards 2008. For more details be sure to visit:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/foodawards2008.shtml

Food and nutrition experts clearly understand the importance of the extraordinary variety of food available at London's most ethnically diverse market.

Be warned Newham council and its property developer friends are bound to try and take the credit and use the awards to promote their hated scheme.

Have you visit the People's Market yet?

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Locals queue to express their planning objections

On Saturday 24th May 2008 over 150 people queued at Queen's Market to write out their objections to the hugely controversial St Modwen plans for the Queen's Market site. Shoppers and local residents expressed disgust and dismay at the underhand tactics employed by Newham council and the developers. People are incensed that their concerns have been ignored and are horrified by the duplicity and bullying tactics being employed by those intent on driving this scheme through at all costs.

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See if you can find out why local councillors and Newham council officials seem to have gone to ground.

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In our opinion community means nothing to St Modwen, now they plan to demolish a recently refurbished popular pub just so they can pile up their profits.


WARNING

Sir Robin Wales and St Modwen may not welcome searching questions. Beware the gloss and spin. Dealing with the Mayor of Newham brings to mind a quotation from Shakespeare's play Macbeth - "There's daggers in men's smiles"

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Matthew d'Ancona, Editor of The Spectator has described the FoQM campaign and website as;

"The most exciting example of grassroots web politics..."

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"Saving the market is not just about money, it's about our culture, and our culture is priceless".

- Poet Benjamin Zephaniah on Queen's Market
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It now transpires that if St Modwen get their way they intend to build several tower blocks including one that is 31-storeys high on the Queen's Market site, some 350 executive apartments (and rising!) will also further exacerbate the problem of parking. Why the silence from Newham council on this? 

Why has the Newham Recorder been so timid in its reporting of the Queen's Market story? People have begun to suspect a near symbiotic relationship between the paper and Newham Council. Call Colin 'Nipper' Grainger(the Editor) Tel:- 0208 472 1421and see if you can find out why the paper is so reluctant to give this story greater prominence. Maybe the power of advertising revenue ensures an unwillingness to want to probe or even dare to criticise. Be warned though, by all accounts he becomes very defensive when this issue is raised. Other newspapers most notably the Stratford Guardian have been far more robust in their coverage of this highly controversial issue.

At the close of 2006 the Stratford Guardian ceased publication leaving only two newspapers in Newham, the Newham Recorder and Stratford & Newham Express (a free sheet) - both papers owned by the Archant Group. Both the Newham Recorder and the Stratford & Newham Express have the same editor (Colin Grainger) and operate out of the same office. These two publications have repeatedly misrepresented the Friends of Queen's Market by stating that FOQM "only wants refurbishment" of the market site. 

Queen's Market is now in real danger thanks to the arrogant and intransigent behaviour of Sir Robin Wales (Mayor of Newham). He is a thrasonical man who in the opinion of many promises mountains, but delivers molehills. Let's hope he's not destined to receive a peerage!

'Regeneration' Newham council-style has already seen the wrecking of Rathbone Market, Canning Town. 'Consultations' are bogus and invariably all local people get offered is a Hobson's choice. No wonder many people don't trust Sir Robin Wales and his spin-meisters, they've heard it all before.

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"Newham Council is run by blockheads who want to kill this asset and drive people to turkey twizzlers." Yasmin Alibhai Brown, Evening Standard (27/4/2005).

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Queen's Market offers a world of shopping in one place. The produce on offer is exotic, wholesome and extraordinarily cheap.

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The Height of Arrogance

Instead of a market centric scheme that is sensitive to the needs of shoppers, traders and local residents Newham council and its developer friends are swimming against the tide and want to house people in vast tower blocks. What is worse they now seek to legitimise their grubby scheme with retrospective spective consultations and hollow boasts about "exciting architecture" by the self-proclaimed "Regeneration specialists". Yet for all the boasting and bombast both the council and St Modwen seem unusually coy when it comes to the 31 storey tower block.

It's time to bin the St Modwen's scheme!