WESTRA produces a Well Street market charter

Posted by on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016         

WESTRA has produced a business charter in line with a request from Hackney Council. It serves as guide for the market itself, and hopefully will encourage other local businesses to draw up their own charter of who they are and what they do.

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Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA) is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers, launched in 2010.

    Our Mission Statement is to renew the historic 150 year old market and for it to serve the whole of the local community.

   We support local businesses and work together to solve any problems that may arise on the market street.

 

Communicating with the local community

We maintain a clear and constant line of communication with our community, residents and traders and aim to strengthen our local community by engaging with local residents and traders’ issues, and respond to their needs and work with community organisations that benefit the social, educational and health welfare of our community.

We promote relevant activities or groups that share our aims.

Local young people

We want to support the local youth in our community by operating a ‘Teenage market’ and providing young entrepreneurs with training, providing opportunities and having presence in the local community, teaching economic survival skills and provide a successful transition from school to work by learning valuable skills which help to build confidence.

We would like to build on our connections in our local community with Hackney Quest and provide a permanent teenage market stall for young people from their project along with reaching out to the Tenants and Residents Associations on Frampton Park, Trelawney, Morningside, Wyke and Gascoigne Estates to help nurture talent.

We want to encourage local student makers to be given a platform to trial their creativity and help progress of young people into the creative industries by encouraging their innovation and talent.

Local musicians

We want to provide a platform to local musicians to develop their talent and are looking to encourage a mentoring system with local well established artists with the aim of developing our local talent, offering a platform for them to practice performing in front of a live audience, and having a mentoring scheme with high profile acts like Rudimental, Plan b and Labrinth to inspire, encourage and nurture young talent.

Robust and creative communities

We aim to develop robust and creative communities by increasing confidence, ambition and cultural capacity. We want to promote enterprise and entrepreneurial activity and a ‘can do’ approach to improving yourself, the community and economy.

We want to nurture and promote local talent and work together to resolve economic, spatial and social problems faced in our area.

Working with local schools

We want to continue developing the linking work of the last four years with local primary schools, helping pupils to be aware of the market, its businesses and how they work.

European links

We want to forge links within the European Union with other markets and market traders and make connections and provide learning opportunities and develop a market exchange programme. We are looking at beginning with linking with a market in Bavaria, Germany, begun by former Hackney residents who are keen to create a designer/maker network already piloted by Hackney based designer Ella Doran. We are also interested in forging links with Hackney’s twinned cities of Oslo and Austin, Texas and to develop a markets exchange programme with them.

Working with other local markets

We want to develop the links we already have with other Hackney markets, particularly with Victoria Park Traders Association, and continue to play an active part in the Council’s Streets Advisory Board, seeking improvement and expansion of all markets in Hackney.

Fashion Hub

We want to work together with the Fashion Hub and promote local fashion designers and support their work by providing a sponsored stall that showcases local talent and create links between us and the Fashion Hub.

Market Stalls

WESTRA will oversee what mix of stalls and rate each trader to see if their mix fit’s with our community remit. We will decide where each stall is placed on the street and ensure high quality produce, locally grown where possible thus providing our community with a range of products that reflect their wants and needs.

Employment opportunities

We want to employ local talent from Hackney and provide equal opportunities and adhere to the principles of fair work and fair pay and pay at least the London Living Wage, and to encourage such for all the businesses in the market area.

Environmentally Responsible

We want to behave in a responsible way to our environment and recycle as many materials as we can, particularly with cardboard and organic waste, and to encourage re-use. We will join in partnership with Greener Hackney and other local recycling organisations.

Well Street Area Neighbourhood Plan

We want to continue to develop the Plan, through to publication, which WESTRA initiated and supported in various ways, including funding for consultation. This includes supporting those on the Forum carrying through the development work.

Health and well-being

We are committed to improving well-being and share the aspirations of Healthier Hackney. By focussing on and encouraging healthy eating and healthy food products, to celebrate the amazing diversity of the local community and its cultural offer, all of which are reflected in the businesses of the market street, shop and stall.

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Residents give thumbs up to a new Well Street market

Posted by on Saturday, February 27th, 2016         

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We’ve had some early results in from the survey of residents about Well Street market carried out recently.

The surveys are in the process of being analysed. And there is a resounding yes to a new market from local people!

We’ve looked at 160 survey returns and 99% of those participating said yes to a new market with two don’t knows, and no-one said no!

84% would use a market in Well Street weekly. 60% prefer Saturday and a massive 91% want to see the street closed off to traffic on market day. 78% want more facilities for parking bikes.

Top of the kind of stalls wanted was fruit n veg, bread and cakes, ready to eat takeaway, then – second hand & vintage, organic food, meat, poultry and fish, hand crafts, furniture and antiques, plants & flowers.

We continue to analyse the surveys and will be publishing a complete result in the next few weeks, although it is already very clear that people want:

• A new market
• Weekly
• On a Saturday
• Street closed off
• More bike parking facilities
• Top products – fruit n veg, bread n cakes, hot food takeaway

Thank you very much to all those who took part in the survey. The results will be passed to Hackney Council’s markets dept as they gear up for launching a monthly market in May.

It’s a big thumbs up locally that WESTRA is on the right course. We are pressing on all these issues.



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It’s on! Well Street Market Winter Festival – December 12, 11am to 5pm

Posted by on Sunday, November 22nd, 2015         

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The Well Street Market Winter Festival is back again – put the date in your diary!! Saturday December 12, 11am to 5pm with live music, free children’s activities and market stalls and more.

Organised by the Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA) the festival will take place with the market street closed to all traffic for the day and replaced with a live performance area, and activities organised by the Albion Kids Show.

The street will be closed to all traffic (including the 425 bus) from the Valentine Road junction to Morning Lane for the day. Please don’t park your car there after 7am as it will be removed by Hackney Council.

And if you fancy running a stall (which will be provided) then contact WESTRA on 07890 654 068 or Kay Richardson on northernlass001@hotmail.com . We will be charging for a pitch for the day.

Keep checking our Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/wellstreetmarket/?fref=ts


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Well Street market survey deadline extended to 16 October

Posted by on Friday, September 11th, 2015         

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Fill in the survey to let us know what you want for Well Street market …

 

WELL STREET Market Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA) has been in talks with Hackney Council recently about the future of the Market Street.

 

Starting from January 2016, the Council is planning a regular monthly market with stalls, with a view to building up interest to January 2017 when hopefully, there will start to be more frequent market days.

 

Now your say is needed!  Any new market will reflect what today’s community wants to buy and sell.

 

Please fill in this quick survey and return by 16 October 2015:  A.G. Price Florist, 217/219 Well Street E9 6QU.

 

Fill in online –

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D89G8GT

 

Printed copies of the survey are being delivered to letterboxes in an area around Well Street market. Copies will also be available in some shops.

 

WESTRA volunteers are running a community stall in Well Street market every Saturday in September from 12noon to 3pm.

 

You can also email us at ian.rathbone@tiscali.co.uk

 

Would you like to run a stall? Let us know!

 

Keep up to date by signing up to our Facebook page: Well Street Market –

 

https://www.facebook.com/wellstreetmarket

 

Join the conversation on twitter #wellstmarket

 



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Survey coming soon asking you about what you would like to see in Well Street market!

Posted by on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015         

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Well Street is changing – look out for the market survey coming your way soon!

 

WESTRA has agreed a new forward strategy with Hackney Council for bringing a market to the street on a monthly basis from January 2016.

 

A survey has been compiled by business and residents meeting in June and that is now on its way to be printed and circulated in the area.

 

We are also looking to applying for funding for a business start-up scheme, and to boost existing businesses and footfall in the street.

 

Come and meet other businesses and residents at our next meeting and find out more about how we can shape the future of our market street. The Council’s Town Centre manager will also be present.

 

 

6.30pm, Wednesday, September 2, TJs Salon, 198 Well Street E9.



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Well Street is changing – look out for the market survey coming your way soon!

Posted by on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015         

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WESTRA has agreed a new forward strategy with Hackney Council for bringing a market to the street on a monthly basis from January 2016.

 

A survey has been compiled by businesses and residents meeting in June and that is now on its way to be printed and circulated in the area. Please fill it in and return to the address provided. An online version will also be available.

 

We are also looking to applying for funding for a business start-up scheme, and to boost existing businesses and footfall in the street.

 

Come and meet other businesses and residents at our next meeting and find out more about how we can shape the future of our market street. The Council’s Town Centre manager will also be present.

 

6.30pm, Wednesday, September 2, TJs Salon, 198 Well Street E9.



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Well Street market looking for new stalls

Posted by on Saturday, May 16th, 2015         

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Well Street market E9 is open Mondays to Saturdays and has plenty of space for new stalls. Why not give it a try? Contact WESTRA on 07890 654 068 or email ian.rathbone@tiscali.co.uk



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