A NEW range of stalls has been introduced on a fledgling market to appease pedestrians and shopkeepers campaigning against it.
It is hoped the new products will encourage more shoppers to enjoy the new market that runs in Greenford Broadway on Mondays and Thursday.
Within just a few weeks of its launch in March, angry shopkeepers collected hundreds of signatures to remove it completely.
They argued traders were selling the same items on their doorsteps and the competition would cripple their livelihoods. And some pedestrians said the 26 stalls made it difficult for pushchairs and elderly people to manoeuvre down the busy street.
An Ealing Council spokeswoman said: “The market is still in the early stages and will continue to change over the next few months. We have listened to local feedback and taken the opportunity to include a number of new stalls.
“This market will still focus on giving local shoppers something new to try out and we look forward to more interesting and specialist sellers coming on board.”
Market manager Gary Saunders said stalls selling carpets and bric-a-brac have been removed. The new stalls offer picture framing, dairy and gluten-free cakes, household gadgets, handmade jewellery, specialist African and Caribbean fruit and veg, electrical hair products and vacuum cleaners. Existing stalls include key cutting, Asian clothing, Caribbean food, and flowers.
The market is managed by Ealing Council and was funded by a £128,000 grant from the London Mayor. The pilot will run for a year.