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London’s Royal Docks
The Royal Docks are London’s unique and historic water space – some four kilometres long, the equivalent of walking from Oxford Circus to Bank. They were once the largest enclosed docks in the world and today the 250 acres of water provide a spectacular setting for the area’s transformation into a vibrant 21st century destination to live, work and play. It’s never been easier to get here – and few areas of London can boast of a more dramatic method of transportation than the Emirates Air Line across the river Thames.
London’s Royal Docks are home to a host of attractions, events and activities, all centred around the water. The heritage and history of the area plays an all-important part in the continuing story of the docks. It’s the combination of old and new that makes this place so special, as communities grow, new restaurants, cafés and bars open and the calendar of activities gets busier with each month. Welcome to London’s Royals Docks. We hope you enjoy your time here.
Street Food Market – update
In April RoDMA explained the reasons why a street food market was permitted to operate on the corniche. As you are aware the market generated several complaints and the market was closed for a period until these concerns could be addressed.
Since the closure of the market RoDMA has received a significant number of emails plus a petition in support of the market. Local businesses have also informed RoDMA of their concerns if the market were to return.
As previously stated, our only intent when permitting the market to trade was to help local businesses and offer increased food diversity to the local population.
While the market has been closed RoDMA has been in communication with the market organiser Streetfoodmarkets Ltd (SFM) and has discussed both residents and businesses’ concerns. RoDMA requested that SFM develop a working plan of actions and solutions that would address these concerns.
RoDMA feel that SFM now have a full understanding of the issues trading on the corniche brings and they have devised a plan that is detailed and well organised.
RoDMA also said that we would arrange for a CCTV camera to be installed on the area and we are pleased to inform you that this is now in operation.
Therefore, RoDMA have decided to allow the street food market to return to the corniche for an initial 4-week trial period.
The trial period will commence on Wednesday 2 June 2021 with trading days being Wednesday – Sunday between the hours of 10am – 8pm.
During this period RoDMA will monitor the market closely. Any complaints/messages of support will be communicated to SFM to address, within a timely manner.
After this period RoDMA will meet with SFM to de-brief and discuss the trial.
Please note that any licence permitted to SFM will be short-term. RoDMA may permit alternative events to take place on the Corniche.
RoDMA acknowledge that this past year has been extremely difficult for everyone. Life is starting to unlock, albeit cautiously, if we can all work together and support one another the Royal Docks can become a vibrant and exciting area for all to enjoy.
Royal Docks Management Authority (RoDMA)
In July 2020 we reported the history and the on-going challenges that RoDMA have encountered maintaining the RVD Footbridge. If you are a regular user of the RVD Footbridge you will be aware that the lifts have not been in operation for some time now.
The current issue is that several parts require replacing that operate the door mechanism. Unfortunately, because of the age of the equipment some parts are not readily available, a consequence being that these parts have to be made to order, which incurs a lead time.
It is planned to have everything installed, commissioned, and the lifts fully operational by the end of June 2021.
We apologise for the continuing inconvenience this causes the people who live and work around the area, everything is being done to ensure the lifts become operational as soon as possible.
In June 2020 RoDMA were approached by Streetfood Markets for permission to operate a small street food market on the Corniche area. The events and hospitality sectors had been severely affected during the pandemic and RoDMA were happy to support them. RoDMA’s only intent was to help local businesses and offer increased food diversity to the local population. RoDMA permitted Streetfood Markets to operate a small food market initially on a two-week licence for a nominal fee to simply cover staffing costs. A success was reported and a request for an extension was received. Licences have since been granted to Streetfood Markets, at their request and for short term periods only. At no stage has a request been submitted to allow the market to trade on the area permanently.
Unfortunately, since opening the market RoDMA has received complaints detailing excess waste, anti-social behaviour and excessive noise. These are just a few examples. With the majority of the complaints being associated with the start of the market. The frequency of the complaints increased mainly during warm or windy weather. RoDMA raised these concerns with Streetfood Markets to assist them and allow them to be addressed. Currently there is no CCTV camera covering the Corniche which has made it difficult to determine where the issues are originating from and so making it harder to resolve.
The situation became untenable in February 2021 when RoDMA received a number of complaints and images of the area over a two-week period. RoDMA initially limited the market trading hours but this did not have the desired effect. RoDMA revoked Streetfood Markets Licence on 28 February 2021 and a four-week review period commenced.
During this review period:
- RoDMA have arranged for a CCTV camera to be installed in the area, installation time scale, approximately 4-5 weeks.
- RoDMA received a significant number of emails in support of the market and acknowledged a petition in support of the market (RoDMA were only made aware of the support for the market, once it had closed)
- No complaints were received during this time regarding the Corniche area.
- RoDMA received less reports of excess rubbish.
RoDMA are taking into account local residents and businesses’ concerns and comments. A decision has yet to be reached as to whether the market can re-open, although it has been agreed that the market should only operate once the CCTV is in operation. RoDMA have been and will continue to be in discussions with Streetfood Markets to seek a workable solution.
RoDMA acknowledge that this past year has been extremely difficult for both individuals and businesses’ but hopefully we can start to look positively to the future.
Royal Docks Management Authority (RoDMA)