Petition to: ensure that the redeveloped Moxon Street site includes sufficient space for the popular Farmers' Market to continue

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to ensure that the redeveloped Moxon Street site includes sufficient space for the popular Farmers' Market to continue. More details

Petition update from the council, 28 May 2013

Dear Councillor Dimoldenberg,

I refer to the e-petition you set up on 22 April, 2013.

The petition reads “We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to ensure that the redeveloped Moxon Street site includes sufficient space for the popular Farmers' Market to continue. Some of the land should be used for a permanent home for the Farmers’ Market and provide a new public square, along with housing and a new library to replace the one the Council is closing on Marylebone Road. 90% of residents favour this community-oriented approach.”

Signatures were collected for a period of one month. In total 164 signatures were received.

Having fully considered the petition, my response is as follows:

1. Whilst the requirement for the provision of a Farmers’ Market is not a legal requirement and the current occupation is on a licence basis with no protection of the Landlord and Tenant Acts, the re-provision has been a significant consideration of the current disposal process.

2. The disposal briefing pack made available to all bidders of the Moxon Street site included full details of the Farmers’ Market, including statements making bidders fully aware of the importance of the Market to the local and wider community.

3. All bidders are required to demonstrate within their offers / bid schemes, how they propose to accommodate the market.

4. Each of the final four bidders is required to make a ‘Pre-App’ meeting with the Planning Authority, to present their scheme. One of the key matters of consideration is the proposed manner in which the Farmers’ Market will be accommodated.

5. Whilst the current proposal is for a small square at the north of the site, which could accommodate the market stalls; other options including the surrounding streets are also under consideration.

6. Corporate Property have also held consultations with Planning and Highways to understand more fully the likely matters of consideration surrounding the temporary closure of roads, should that solution be the preferred option of the successful bidder.

7. Whilst no final decision has been made on the bids, it is the expectation that the Farmers’ Market will be provided for fully on or around the developed site.

8. Alternative locations, including the local gardens have been dismissed as not suitable for long term and regular use during the current hours of trading.

9. It is expected that a recommendation on the preferred bidder will be made during July 2013.

I trust that this response provides the necessary reassurance that you were seeking regarding the Farmers’ Market.

With regards to the library, as you are aware, Macintosh House in Beaumont Street, W1 is to be the location of the temporary library from August 2013 until December 2015, whilst the relocated permanent library is being pursued at Luxborough Street.

Yours sincerely,

Ben Denton
Strategic Director of Housing, Regeneration & Property

More details from petition creator

Some of the land should be used for a permanent home for the Farmers’ Market and provide a new public square, along with housing and a new library to replace the one the Council is closing on Marylebone Road. 90% of residents favour this community-oriented approach

Current signatories

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Nik Slingsby
  • Thomas Orpin-Massey
  • Alex Price
  • Rosemary Forgan
  • Michael Beckett
  • william thomson
  • Jacqueline Glasser
  • Roland Glasser
  • Derek Morton
  • Laura Titos
  • Sujata Barnett
  • Patricia Neville
  • jennifer sheridan
  • David Unwin
  • Sheila Green
  • Charmian Bollinger
  • Phil Kelvin
  • catalina botello
  • Judy Wardell
  • Anna Tennent
  • Amy Somerville
  • crispin Somerville
  • Fran Husson
  • Steve Freeman
  • Cordelia Gelly
  • Susan Davies
  • Rose Lachman-Brown
  • Debby Turner
  • Mr Anthony Vaughan
  • Chad Tatum
  • Margaret Gunst
  • Jacki Heppard
  • Jason Borrows
  • Caroline Sjoberg
  • CHRISTINE SCOTT
  • GILL HEDLEY
  • Roger Hart
  • Annick Salazar
  • Sarah Carlson
  • Sylvie Kader
  • Audrey Crawford
  • Sybil Kapoor
  • Sarah Rhodes
  • Adrian Newland
  • Andy Rushton
  • Janet Tyler
  • Rosamund Barr
  • Partha Kar
  • Hugh Small
  • Fiona Corcoran
  • P Dionisio
  • Peter Donaldson
  • Nicholas Reeves
  • Daniel McBrearty
  • Kim Fleming
  • Andrew Hughes
  • Michael Fry
  • Glynis Main
  • Miriam Ward
  • Beatrice Walker
  • s mitchell
  • Catherine Smith
  • Robin Jane Black
  • Eoghain Murphy
  • Ted Bloxham
  • Kirstie Johnstone
  • paul mercieca
  • michael Kitchen
  • Roxane Andrieu
  • Shailaja Varma
  • Jean Bayoumi
  • john rochman
  • veronica timperley
  • Penny Sinclair
  • C Sweeting
  • Brian Bickell
  • Janine Marks
  • Veronique Georg
  • Yvonne Turkistanli
  • Luke Tozer
  • john killer
  • Robert Loewy
  • C Tessa Smith
  • Simon Allford
  • Camille Munuera
  • Anita Macedo
  • Arif Jaffer
  • Coralie laurencin
  • Vincent laurencin
  • j porjes
  • peter stephenson
  • Joanna Newland
  • Delphine Dubreil
  • perrine colignon
  • Patricia Lloyd Green
  • janice liverseidge
  • John Bowling
  • Johanna Bruce
  • Nyree Seropian
  • Victoria Shipton
  • Ludovic Blanc
  • Limvirak Chea
  • Kathryn Bingham
  • Zayna almohammad
  • Walid halawa
  • Lucia Jaffer
  • Juliet Hunter
  • Karen Scarborough
  • elayne ghiron
  • Patricia Glasswell
  • John D Glasswell
  • Claudia Finlay
  • Matthew Cooper
  • Serena Koivurinta
  • s.a.Jacobson
  • Rachel Ferguson
  • Deborah cotton
  • Joj Lind
  • Mary Kennedy
  • Paul Grove
  • Carol Eden
  • J F Cushin
  • John Scollay
  • Carolyn Steel
  • Anthony Williams
  • Doreen Simon
  • F. M. S. Muller
  • nadia dellal
  • mireille dellal
  • Radha mahbubani
  • brenda josephs
  • dr david sopher
  • Mr I R Alexander
  • silas spencer
  • Molly Johnston
  • Susan Barnes
  • rachel sopher
  • Rick sopher
  • sandra dangoor
  • Julian Sofaer
  • Phillida Lansley
  • Rupert Wiggins
  • Tim Forrest
  • Antoinette Schwarz
  • Suzanne Goodman
  • C A Usiskin
  • Hugo Moss
  • Janet Lewis
  • Carol sopher
  • JANE SHASHA
  • Jacqui Dunphy
  • Oliver Iny
  • Stephanie Wright
  • Yvonne gill
  • Jo Ani
  • Isabelle Bbricknall
  • Amanda
  • Naomi Hayim
  • Annie Cobb
  • Sandy Smith
  • Claire Tremeer
  • Iain Herbertson
  • Ann Herbertson