Organiser blames council inefficiency for failure of event to take place
The current market run by the applicant. Picture: St Albans Antiques and Vintage Market
The Chiswick Antiques and Vintage Market which was due to take place on the High Road this Sunday (13 December) has been cancelled.
Councillors were told on Friday evening that council officers had decided that the documentation that would provide evidence that the event would provide a Covid-19 secure environment was incomplete.
The organiser of the event, Jennifer Titmuss of Corky Events, claims all the necessary evidence had been submitted. She said, “Sadly and extremely frustratingly, there is a department within Hounslow Borough Council who, because they haven't been doing their jobs efficiently - don't have the paperwork they need for the market to go ahead. So, they just used their power to cancel at 7pm on Friday evening - without warning. Amazing but true!”
She added that people from Chiswick and the surrounding areas had been so receptive of the idea of the market and she was concerned that some would have a wasted trip due to the late cancellation. She said that it was still her intention to hold a market on Sunday 10 January next year.
Hounslow Council Licensing committee originally approved the application last month to place stalls running from outside Chiswick Police Station to the South Beach Shop at 123 Chiswick High Road. Ms Titmuss has run a similar event in St Albans for over two years.
Ms Titmuss told the committee that she would regularly monitor health and safety including Covid-19 related matters so that social distancing rules were not breached. She pledged to monitor each and every trader to ensure that if they had symptoms or were feeling unwell that they did not attend. Also, she will ask that all traders wear face masks and that she will monitor any queues at the stalls by walking up and down the market to ensure social distancing rules were being followed and, where necessary, she would ask people to move on rather than congregating in one area.
Antique and vintage goods and collectables would have been on offer including furniture, clothing, decorative items, ephemera, maps, art, jewellery, toys, records, garden ornaments and lighting.
There was to be 64 pitches 3 metres wide and under gazebos. Each pitch would have their own queue direction as directed on a plan.
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December 12, 2020