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)