Posted by on Friday, February 17th, 2017         


WEDNESDAY 15th FEBRUARY 2017. Time: 7pm. Venue: NuDawn, 212 Well St. E9.

Minutes of meeting

24 People in attendance


INTRODUCTIONS: Reason for the meeting Traders, Residents and Shopkeepers asking questions about not being invited to the WESTRA AGM, lack of promotion of the market, of local businesses with visible leaflets, the mix of the stalls, the downturn on trade for some businesses, enquiries about use of allocated funding

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION: The Market and Business Rates,

OVERVIEW OF MARKET: First market day, the launch was successful. January, quiet as expected and the February market saw a continued downturn of visitors.

Residents, stallholders and shopkeepers were given the opportunity to air their views,

  • Views were shared about wanting to see a fruit and veg stall as part of the market to cater.
  • This was not currently feasible as there were no applications from grocers, plus the fact that running a stall of that type once a month was not sustainable by a commercial trader. But the Council to be asked to pursue this objective.
  • Seeing a market for all. Suggestions about seeing the return of Mohammed who ran the budget clothing stall outside the post office. Stalls of this kind were needed to incorporate a diverse market mix. Council to be asked to pursue contact him to see if he would consider returning.
  • Jo confirmed that he has now set up trading at another market. There were issues for him pertaining to the fees levied by London Borough of Hackney for the pitch at that time.
  • It was generally felt that the market is not catering for the community be it as traders or shoppers and this needs to happen. Suggestions are needed. Examples were provided of established Well Street shop businesses who generally catering for the wider community / a broad church of residents: Well St Butchers, A J Price, Well St Wholefoods, The Hair Lounge, AG Price were named.
  • Well St Butchers made it clear although he fought for and supported the creation of the market, that on market days he has seen a significant down turn in Saturday trade as his restaurant customers, and pop in shoppers could not and his vans could not park, pick up and deliver, should this continue there is the likelihood of him laying off local staff, the same was expressed by AG price ie numbers of staff potentially being cut. Other traders shared the effect on their own businesses. the Well Street Fish and Chip has been badly effected apart from the December market day. One of the shopkeepers laid bare the fact that a number of businesses have seen no trade or increase in trade whatsoever on market days.
  • To overcome this and make the market a success for all it was agreed that the Stallholders as well as Shopkeepers need to work as a unified team to discuss ideas and aim to make the market a success for all.
  • The meeting agreed that the shops are the heart of the community as they are there and committed 30 days a month.
  • Comments were made of the fact that the current layout of the stalls in front of the shops obliterates the shop fronts, blocks and excludes the shops.
  • The use of Social Media was confirmed as being an important factor for information sharing but it was also acknowledged that there needs to be leaflets produced and distributed to inform the ‘community’ about the market especially as not everyone uses social media. This has not been done to date and issues surrounding this matter have been raised regarding who is responsible for this.
  • Market traders raised the fact that many local people out shopping don’t know anything about the new market
  • A local resident aired their view on the fact that the market did not cater for all. The OAPs generally felt left out and feared in the long term they will see continued shop closures and more unwanted stalls. Plus thought must be given to those in social housing who were un-catered for also. An example was given of a stall selling a salt beef bagel for £7.00. Questions were raised on how to attract the broader local diverse community.
  • It is established the boroughs residential mix has greatly changed. It was agreed that there is a need for a real mixture of stalls to suit all pockets. The fear is if this does not happen there will be friction within the community.

An idea is for there to be at least one AFFORDABLE item on each stall?

  • The whole meeting agreed, a new layout of the market included moving the barrier further into Well St to start at Collent St, near to Coral Bookmakers, with the hope of accommodating Wells Butchers, will overcome the issue of the negative impact on their trade. The stalls affected could be relocated outside the vacant shops? Another suggestion is for the stalls to be laid out along the centre of the street, back to back facing the shops? This will aid both stalls and shops being seen.
  • The ideas of shops putting out signs such as A frames were dismissed as LBH have already issued warnings of fines to premises that have attempted to do just that. It was then again mentioned the importance of social media and leaflets and the fact that this has not been done by WESTRA. Questions were subsequently raised about the role and responsibilities of the WESTRA market manager and the SPACEHIVE funding.
  • It was put forward that the responsibility for the control of the market and the stalls trading should be led by WESTRA with a proposal for a pre approval of the stalls by the organisation then referral to LBH markets team as this is what happens with Chats and Broadway market.
  • Newly appointed Chair of WESTRA, Natalia introduced herself to all present.
  • People felt that two months of the same performer and no stage was taking away the USP (Unique Selling Point) of the market.
  • The meeting agreed the Teen and student makers were a valued part of the market as a whole. One young person agreed that it was important to be trading amongst and alongside the regular experienced traders as they felt isolated and hidden away. As young people there is much to be gained from working alongside more experienced traders.

The meeting agreed the following:

SUGGESTED SOLUTIONS to be recommended to WESTRA for consideration and implementation by the Council:

1. That the road closure to commence from the Coral Bookmakers on the corner of Collent Street.

2. Stalls to be relocated to the centre of the street, facing the shops. Aware this can only happen with a permanent road closure on market days.

3. There must be car parking provision for Well St Butchers (100 years of trading on Well Street) to continue to accommodate their regular customers and vehicles.

4. Well Street promotional leaflets inviting-welcoming local people to shop local and visit the market to be designed bearing info of shops and stalls. A map to be incorporated. The leaflets must be distributed across the community. Stalls and shops to be provided with leaflets for handing out. As a matter of urgency.

4*Also the idea of a promotional map flyer was also suggested for a later leaflet campaign in April or May.

5. Residents, Shopkeepers and Stallholders to work together collectively via WESTRA to make the New Well Street market a real success in partnership with the London borough of Hackney. 6. Newly designed signs stating ‘WELCOME TO WELL STREET MARKET’, located at either end of the market location. 7. The Teen and makers market to be incorporated within the main market will benefit all.

6. Newly designed signs stating ‘WELCOME TO WELL STREET MARKET’, located at either end of the market location.

7. The Teen and makers market to be incorporated within the main market will benefit all.

8. Ask for WESTRA to ask for ideas, planning and sharing meeting with the London Borough of Hackney.



If you’re interested in Well Street market, please go to wellstreet.market where you can find out more about booking a pitch, and what the market is currently about. NEXT MARKET: March 4, 10am to 4pm.




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Protect independent businesses from rates hike

Posted by on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017         


HACKNEY Council has joined with East End Trades Guild to fight the Government’s business rates hike. Support our local shops and businesses in their fight for survival.

You can sign the petition which says –

“We are calling on Government to work with and listen to London’s businesses and halt implementing the new valuations until they have committed to:

● Further increase the rates relief for small businesses and introduce a new
relief system for medium businesses.
● Devolve the operation and setting of London’s business rates to London’s
government so they better suit the challenges of the Capital.”


Also check out media coverage –

Hackney Council has launched a petition urging the Government to rethink its planned increase to business rates – which they say could see many firms close “by virtue of their post code”.






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Come and visit Well Street Market this Saturday 4 February 10am – 4pm

Posted by on Friday, February 3rd, 2017         

Come and support Well Street Market this Saturday 4th February 10am – 4pm.

We have live music, student makers market and teenage market, fresh produce, street food, fashion and design.

Support independent businesses and be part of our amazing community.

We crowdfunded to create London’s most innovative street market. Brighten up your week by being part of something special.

See you there!


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Well Street Traders and Residents Association, Secretary’s report to the AGM, January 18, 2017

Posted by on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017         

Well Street Traders and Residents Association

Secretary’s report to the AGM, January 18, 2017

A YEAR AGO we had just had a successful winter festival and looking forward to the Council-run market starting in March, then May, then July, then September and then finally it really happened in December.

We first started pressing for the market to come back in 2010 so six years to get here. We ran a Spacehive fundraising programme from April 2016 to August 2016 and raised £80k from various sources, including £20k from the Mayor London which followed on from personal approaches to him and an excellent pitch to bid for the funding by Kay Richardson at City Hall. This money has helped to establish the market with stalls, lighting, etc and for Future Foundry (and the excellent Lisa Oulton) to run the student makers market. The teenage market branding was bought by Hackney Council who hope to pilot it here and roll it out to other Hackney markets.

This year has seen a continuing building of bridges with the HJEC Trust who own all the shops and flats above on the south side of the market street, with the new HJEC Chair, Irfan Malik, regularly attending our meetings and providing, recently, a briefing session on their plans for their property.

At the same time we have been working closely with Hackney Council’s markets team to develop the market. Particular thanks must go to the Well Street market manager Richard Yendall and Project Officer Parris Langridge for all their hard work. Thanks to Head of Markets Seamus Adams, who secured the bus diversion, and Cabinet Member responsible Feryal Demirci.

On the WESTRA side considerable thanks must go to Terry O’Mahoney who has worked hard over the years since 2010 as Co-Chair to build up support amongst shop keepers for WESTRA and the market. And to Jo Price, the other Co-chair who has been fantastic in all she has done for the market and shops, and allowed her shop to be used for the WESTRA address and office base. Her business experience and management skills has helped us to keep moving forward. And her business is one of the busiest and longest serving in the street!

Lots of others have given support – we work as a team together – Kevin Jones, Mark Harton, Jackie Dacres, Margaret Trotter, Marysia Kurowski, Nick Stephens, Kay Richardson, and Luca Bertali. And thanks to our local ward councillors, particularly Jess Webb and Chris Kennedy for all their interest and support, and to all the funding bodies during the year, including Wick Awards, Hackney Council, and local businesses. Apologies if anyone left out.

WESTRA has its own Facebook, website, and twitter account, independent of the council or any private landlord, and that is needed to be able to speak as an independent voice at times, to defend and criticise.

WESTRA has also done other work like fighting to make access roads to the market safer – there have been meetings and discussions with the Council about improving the safety for pedestrians at Elsdale St junction, the road outside Well Street Kitchen, and the Holfcroft Road junction, used by children going to Orchard school.

We have also worked with Hackney Council on the Markets and Streets Advisory Board along with other Hackney market associations, Hackney Walk, local Tenant and Resident Associations (TRAs) like Morningside, Trelawney and Wyke, and local schools. We are also involved with local organisations like Hackney Quest, which has been a tremendous supporter of the teenage market. And a relationship has been established with Tesco, both locally and regionally.

We have fed into the recent borough wide markets consultation, and have regular meetings with the markets dept team.

WESTRA is important in one of the most deprived areas in the UK as an organiser and encourager to other groups, expressed partly through the market but by other means. It has been behind the setting up of the Well Street area neighbourhood forum.

WESTRA has supported and encouraged potential stallholders and also helped shopkeepers – some this year have struggled financially and rent has been particularly difficult for some, along with business rates for others. It is not all plain sailing for the shops. However we can be proud that we have helped to keep the shopping street alive and look forward to the next few years when it will grow even more in its service of the whole local community.

There is the continuing need to build bridges between the diverse communities of the area, particularly between the older, established community and the newer community. Serving the needs of all such communities will be the hallmark of this piece of gold called Well Street market.

I wish the new Secretary and Exec team all the best for the future, which looks promising and exciting as the new markets here develop and grow.

Ian Rathbone

Secretary, WESTRA                                                                18 January 2017

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WESTRA – Well Street Traders and Residents Association AGM 18 January 2017

Posted by on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017         

This is a reminder:

WESTRA – Well Street Traders and Residents Association 
Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 18th January 2017

6.30pm AGM.

Venue: Unit G gallery, 12A Collent Street E9 6SG

We are looking to fill a number of posts within our executive committee including Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and six other members.

For further information about WESTRA and for a copy of a guide to managing committees, please DM us or contact 07890 654 068.

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Next Well Street Market is on Saturday January 7, 2017 – come along!

Posted by on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016         


THE NEXT Well Street market will be on Saturday January 7, 2017, from 10am to 4pm. There’ll be lots to see and buy with our other exciting new markets also present – Teenage market and Student Makers market. And there will be plenty of music once again.

Come and support local business and help bring new life to this century old market.

Hackney Markets Dept have negotiated another street closure which measn the whole shopping experience will be safe with no traffic in the street all day.

So come along and join in! Let’s see the market grow.

You can also check out the new Well Street market website www.wellstreet.market

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Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA) AGM

Posted by on Friday, December 16th, 2016         


Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA) will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday January 18 from 6.30pm, venue to be confirmed (so watch this space!). All are welcome. Put it in your diary!

The posts of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, and six members of the Executive Committee are all up for election. Come along and get involved.

Don’t forget the next Well Street market is happening on Saturday January 7 from 10am to 4pm.

Check out the new market website – www.wellstreet.market

Seasonal greetings!



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