'Stop the negativity' over Lee shopping centre

'Stop the negativity' over Lee shopping centre

'Stop the negativity' over Lee shopping centre

'Stop the negativity' over Lee shopping centre

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

A Lee market organiser who runs a weekly event in a shopping centre poised for an £80m redevelopment says he is fed up with "negativity" over the site.

Trevor Gardner has been running a market every Wednesday at the Leegate Centre for the past two years and says it attracts good crowds.

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But he says every time the centre - set to be transformed with an Asda, homes and cafes in the coming years - features in the press the coverage is negative.

Mr Gardner said: "I run a market and every time you run an article people don;t turn up, they don't bother coming down.

"When we're down there trying to make a living it's quite demoralising really.

"We've got a cafe, a charity shop, a pub. Nobody ever turns round and says what's actually there."

Mr Gardner said he was hoping to carry on at the Leegate for another 18 months, running a market with around 22 stalls.

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He said: "We're here and we need to make a living. It would be nice to be supported to be quite honest.

"I only charge £5 a stall. We get an old girl come down on her mobility scooter to have a chat. It's very social."

A planning application by site owner St Modwen for the redevelopment, billed as a "radical rethink" and a catalyst for regeneration, is set to be submitted later this year. 

Councillor Jim Mallory, who helps run a community centre at Leegate, said he was geneally pleased with the plans but there were still concerns about the Asda's size, the traffic it would create and a lack of public space.

He said: "We think the size of the Asa impinges on the public space which people could use and Trevor's market could flourish."

Coun Mallory said he was pushing for a new square, set back from Burnt Ash Road. He said: "The overall project needs to make better use of its public space, otherwise it's jamming a huge supermarket beside a busy road."

Visit leegate-regeneration.co.uk for details of the plans

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5:30am Fri 25 Jul 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Wasnt aware there was a market there at all. Must try and have a gander. As for the Asda store, that would be a welcome change from the usual 3 - tesco, morrison and sainsburys (already there I know) but as the article states, parking and more congestion - will it really go down well being so near to main busy route?
Wasnt aware there was a market there at all. Must try and have a gander. As for the Asda store, that would be a welcome change from the usual 3 - tesco, morrison and sainsburys (already there I know) but as the article states, parking and more congestion - will it really go down well being so near to main busy route? sarfflondonbird
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