Have your say on the future of Hackney's markets

  • More outdoor markets across the borough 
  • Permanent night markets 
  • Wider diversity of stalls to better reflect the people of Hackney 
  • Car-free trading on Chatsworth Road Market days
  • An experimental license to allow homeless traders to work legitimately
  • Twenty new kiosk locations identified for business such as coffee traders, arts and crafts, and florists
  • Further investment in the historic Ridley Road Market, including a new outdoor food court, and new gazebos, greenery, wifi and seating
  • Dedicated support for young entrepreneurs

These are just some of the exciting proposals the council is consulting on as part of its new Markets Strategy

The strategy provides ideas and plans on how to continue to develop and improve the borough’s thriving outdoor market scene over the next five years. Tell us what you think now. 

The recommendations within it aim to create new opportunities for residents, improve customer experience and provide support for traders to grow their businesses within the borough.

Hackney has a strong street market tradition stretching back hundreds of years. To this day, they remain places where people shop and interact with one another, and continue to serve vital social and economic functions. The markets also play a key role in our ever-changing and growing town centre economies, contributing to a nationally and regionally distinct culture, encompassing food, drink, leisure and entertainment. 

Our markets have a different mix of commodities, and remain committed to ensuring they are all accessible to the community as a whole, and that their unique characteristics are preserved. Our new strategy is an exciting and ambitious vision for taking those values and that tradition into the future. Tell us what you think now, and help us protect, shape, enhance, diversify and unlock the potential of all our markets to secure their long-term future.

Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas OBE, Cabinet Member with responsibility for markets

The Council will review feedback from residents, when the consultation closes on 23 July, and make amendments to the strategy based on these.

The final strategy will go before Cabinet for final approval later this year.