A NEW food market in Hounslow High Street is set to stay despite complaints about smoke, noise and overflowing bins.
The World Food Market, by the junction with Bell Road, was launched by the council at the start of April in a bid to attract more shoppers to the town centre.
But it has prompted numerous gripes from shoppers, residents and other traders, a recent meeting of the licensing committee to consider its future heard.
Too many fast food stalls, noisy generators and a lack of local traders were among the charges levelled by councillors at the meeting, on July 22.
Hounslow's town centre manager Patricia Huertas said there had been complaints about smell, smoke and noise during the market's first month, though she claimed these had been addressed.
She also admitted there was 'room for improvement' when it came to the quality and variety of produce on offer, which includes kebabs and burgers.
She said it had been difficult to find traders of the 'right quality', especially ones based locally, despite 10 enquiries a week from potential stall holders.
Conservative councillor Brad Fisher complained about overflowing rubbish bins, while fellow Tory Peter Carey claimed the poor quality of merchandise on offer made the market a 'failure'.
Labour councillor Corinna Smart said the market should aspire to be like the one in Brentford and her party colleague Matt Harmer added that he would prefer nothing at all to a poor quality market.
A petition was also presented from the managers of town centre food shops, who complained they were unable to compete with market traders due to high overheads.
Members voted to allow the market to continue at least until the end of its six-month trial period in September but said it must cease trading on Sundays, as this was never part of the conditions agreed.
They also supported in principle making the market permanent, but with a number of new conditions, including:
* a limit on the number of stalls selling any given type of produce
* no more than a tenth of stalls selling food cooked on the premises
* a majority of stalls selling goods of the 'highest quality'