A farmers' market seen by Marylebone residents as a 'local party' is facing the chop.
A proposal by Westminster Council to build an new adult education centre on the Moxton Street car park has prompted angry residents to put together a petition of more than 600 signatures to hand in after the consultation period on the plans came to an end on September 12.
Campaigners include retired Daniel Nash, 72, of Blandford Street, Marylebone, who said: "I think it would be terrible to close the market. People meet each other there, they chat. It's like a local party. People would drift apart if it was to go. The area would become less friendly and it would cut out the heart of the community."
Mother-of-two Conchita Bloomfield who lives near the High Street said she loves the produce at the market, while Sophie Conran, 42, said her children enjoy going to there for the food tastings at the stalls.
Marylebone High Street ward councillor Mark Page said he was one of the people who played a role in getting the farmers' market started five years ago.
He said he would love the market to stay on the Moxton Street site but once the site is developed the rent will go up and the money generated by the market will not be enough.
"We have one or two councillors who have championed the adult education centre but they haven't had a fully thought through vision for whole of the Moxton Street site," he added. "The council has been given s9.2million from the Learning and Skills Council and these councillors presented the plans for the centre as a done deal. They are trying to work out a vision for the site, but overall, they haven't got one."