The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) have awarded their ‘Best Private Market’ accolade to Brixton Village and Market Row.
I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing any more, as the inevitable consequence of such national attention suggests that it will provide another excuse for the rents to be hiked up again, and squeeze out yet more of the things that made the place interesting.
In fact, an insider posting on the urban75 forums commented:
The memo from the market office thanking all traders for their contribution to this success arrived on exactly the same day as the one asking for more rent.
Here’s the full national list of market winners.
Best private market: Brixton Village Market Row, London.
Best speciality market: Walsall Night Market.
Best small speciality market: Mr Big, Market Rasen (a Portas pilot town).
Best outdoor market: Portobello and Golborne Road Market, London.
Best small outdoor market: Swadlincotes Market and Farmers Market.
Best indoor market: Queen’s Gate Market, Huddersfield (Kirklees).
Best small indoor market: Southport.
Best local council market: Oswestry.
Best wholesale market: New Spitalfields, London.
Best market attraction: Birmingham Christmas Market.
Britain’s favourite market: Darlington.
Apparently there’s going to be a video crew in the market tomorrow.
Perhaps that might be an ideal opportunity for those less than happy with what’s been going on around the Villaaaage to make themselves known?
Just a thought, like 😉