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Look again at closure of market stalls

12 November, 2020

• IT appears that late last week some of the Queen’s Crescent Market stallholders were contacted by Camden Council and asked to temporarily cease trading on the basis of the government’s regulations regarding Covid-19 and lockdown.

It would appear that Camden’s interpretation of the government’s guidance is on the harsh side.

For example, one stall told to close sells toilet paper, soap, tissues, masks, toothpaste, bleach and cleaning materials, among other essential items.

These products cannot be termed non-essential and as such are currently obtainable from Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s and the like, along with other shops in Queen’s Crescent Market.

I hope Camden will review its interpretation of the government’s street market trading regulations, and come up with a less harsh interpretation, so that stalls like the one above can continue serving the community.

These are the self-same stalls that have served this community for many years; and at prices that are more affordable than those of the big supermarkets.

These market stalls are in the vicinity of where many people live; and we are told not to use public transport unless necessary.

I would also argue that it is much safer for the local community to be buying essential items at open-air stalls than in indoor shops.

MYRA FARNWORTH
Oak Village, NW5

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