Investment in Queen's Market roof

5 July 2016 in Business
Work is due to start next month on a £1.1 million scheme to repair the roof and resurface the car park at Queen’s Market, in Upton Park, extending its life for up to 15 years.
The works which will take around four months to complete, will repair the roof of the popular market, to ensure it is fully waterproofed and resurface the 150-space car park above the venue.

The major investment in the roof is aimed at eradicating issues with leaks that have been experienced by some of the market’s traders after heavy rainfalls. The council has undertaken temporary work to tackle issues when they have been reported but extensive repairs are needed to completely halt the problem.

The resurfacing work will be carried out by the council’s Repairs and Maintenance Services and will be phased to ensure that the market and car park continue to be accessible throughout to minimise the disruption to traders and customers.

Councillor Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, regeneration and planning, said: “This vital investment will make a huge difference to the traders and visitors to this popular, bustling market, which is at the centre of the local community.

“Newham has been particularly hard hit by government funding cuts which has hampered work like this getting underway. We have now been able to allocate funding from within our budget to make this investment which we hope will improve the experience of visitors and traders at this market.”

The Upton Park market was originally held along Green Street before it moved to its current location near Upton Park tube station in 1904. It now boasts 160 market stalls and 47 shop units serving fresh fruit and vegetables, food from the African and Asian continents, as well as kitchenware, jewellery, fabric and clothing. The site also plays hosts the regular Market Games, a sporting event organised by the Green Street Community Neighbourhood Team, and supported by local organisations including activeNewham, West Ham United Foundation and Youth Providers Partnership.