Once again, a couple of weekends ago, our high street hosted the continental street market. We all love the sight of a market – it brings a town to life. It's the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy our lovely neighbourhood.
The question is, what value does this travelling market add to Wanstead?
These days, it's less of a celebration of continental gastronomy (bonsai trees? Peruvian style hats?). It seems to be all about their commercial needs, and not the needs of the local community. It feels, well, a bit selfish.
It's good when we're exposed to different types of food. So why not have our own market selling great, interesting food from UK producers? Perhaps some of our local businesses and crafts people would like some of the action too.
At the Wanstead festival last year, our 'wish tree' had several requests for a real, local market – so we are currently discussing if it is appropriate to take this up with our council.
The WS Committee is divided on the matter, some members being concerned that there might be downsides eg local traders could be adversely affected.
So, would a local, or farmer's style market be good for Wanstead? We welcome your views.