Around 15,000 people visited Dagenham Sunday Market each week (credit: Barking and Dagenham Council)
It is estimated 15,000 people visited the market every week and the company which runs it, Charfleets Markets, says they would need to remove 40 per cent of traders to meet social distancing regulations.
Councillor Darren Rodwell said: “It is a huge shame the owners of the market have taken the decision to close permanently.
“We’re sorry to hear the news as the market has a strong history in Barking and Dagenham and has been at three different locations in the borough over the years.”
“The land the market is located on is not Council owned but owned privately, and we understand the landowners have not charged any rent since the lockdown started, recognising that the pandemic is hitting local businesses and market traders really hard.”
Barking Riverside Limited, who own the land the market has been based on, say they will look for a new tenant to take over the site.
“We are hopeful that whatever comes to the site in the future will be of benefit to all of our communities,” continued Cllr Rodwell.
“I am also having conversations with some anchor institutions, around using this area to create a community focused cultural offer, which would be great for residents, as that part of the borough is a real destination – our very own Barcelona on Thames.”
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