Some more information emerged at the Friends of Streatham Green meeting on Monday night, about the new Artisans market next to Streatham Green, which will launch on Sunday 16th December.
The new street market - officially Streatham Green Artisans' Market - will take place next to Streatham Green (not on the Green itself) on the corner of Babington Road and Mitcham Lane by the Manor Arms. It will launch with a ‘Christmas market’ on Sunday 16th December, 10am – 3pm. It will then take place twice a month (on the first and third Sundays each month) from January.
There is a website now live here.
The artisan market will be a kind of farmers market meets crafts market, featuring farm produce, fine foods and local crafts, based on Abbeville Farmer's market in Clapham, but with a more 'Streatham' feel. Around 15 stalls are expected for the first event, with 75% of them having fresh produce.
There will also be the chance for local people and businesses to have stalls, and there is also the possibility of local community groups having free space there to let people know what they do.
We asked whether there could also be links made with local food banks and similar projects, so that the produce left over at the end isn't wasted. This is being followed up now to see what is possible.
A number of questions were asked at the meeting about whether local residents were being adequately informed about access to Babington Road during the market, and potential parking implications, as well as the possible impact of refuse and arrangements for clearing up afterwards. This is the responsibility of Lambeth Council. Experience from other similar markets in Herne Hill suggests however that 90% of people walk or cycle to the markets.
There are also apparently plans for the area at the end of Babington Road, where the market will take place, to raised and flattened in June 2013.
There will also be a twitter feed: @londonarti and a Facebook page