THE site of a former pub notorious for drugs and crime which was demolished last year is to be turned into a booming market to the delight of the community.
The Old Bill Pub in Copley Close, Hanwell, was closed in 2006 following reports of drug trafficking and criminal behaviour and the site was turned into a car park following it's demolition.
But now, the charity, Empowering Action and Social Esteem ltd (EASE) has been granted planning permission to use the site as a weekend market.
Jackie Sear, Chief Executive of EASE said it has been a long process to get the market up and running but will be a real benefit to the community.
She said: "We plan to open the market in January but hope to have a Christmas fair in December. There has been a lot of interest from people who wanted a market and from professional traders and those in the community who want to set up their own small business.
"There will be 20 market stalls in the first three months and 14 businesses have already signed up for the Saturday market. There really isn't anywhere around the area for locals to get fresh fruit and vegetables and the main idea of the market is to bring people together as well as providing people with access to information and support at the same time.
"This is a nice project for the community, bringing something positive to Copley Close and a step forward in erasing some of the bad history associated with the area."
Cleveland ward forum has already assigned £5,000 towards the project and stall holders will be charged £20per week for their pitch.
Councillor John Popham, representing the Cleveland ward, said: "This is very good news for the local area as it will provide somewhere for the community to meet and get together. I don't think it will compete with the West Ealing market as it will be distinctly different.
"The car park was underused and the pub was a real problem with drugs and antisocial behaviour. Since its demolition, crime rates have improved and the market will add to the impact on the regeneration of the area."