Kingston Market relocated as regeneration scheme overruns

Work to regenerate Kingston Market Place would be severely delayed if the stall holders were not relocated

Work to regenerate Kingston Market Place would be severely delayed if the stall holders were not relocated

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy editor

Market traders ‘could go out of business’ after they were told they will be forced out for seven weeks by over-running building works.

Traders have been told they have until this Sunday to move to temporary stalls set up in Memorial Gardens to allow Balfour Beatty to finish underground drainage and paving on the £5m scheme.

If the stalls were not moved, the project would be delayed by several weeks, according to Kingston Council's project manager Mark Teasdale.

In a letter to stall holders, Mr Teasdale said: “Having made a commitment to traders to keep you in the Market Place during the building works, I would rather not be writing to you now with this news.

“However, we are where we are and now need to work with you to make the best of a very difficult situation.”

Surrey Comet:

The new market place is gradually taking shape, as seen by these new timber stalls - but not quickly enough for traders no to be moved

Traders will be able to move into their new stalls in Memorial Gardens by this Friday, February 21, and must be in place by the end of the weekend.

Stall holders will not be charged rent during the relocation, provided they trade at least five days a week while at Memorial Gardens.

The market will be moved back to its usual site by Sunday, April 13.

One stall holder, who did not want to be named, said: “I don’t think we really have a choice.

“It’s a case of like it or lump it, and just try and make the best of it.

“I do think the new market is going to look fantastic, and the market did need to change, but the problem has been the way the project has been approached.

Surrey Comet:

Work to set up the temporary stalls in Memorial Gardens has already begun

“It’s been organised very badly and it’s been disappointing.

“We’ve gone through a very hard time, trade has dropped significantly and we feel we haven’t been supported like we could have been.

“Some traders could go out business from what I’ve heard. There’s always a lot of gossip in markets but I do think it’s a distinct possibility.”

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9:38am Thu 20 Feb 14

CustardFlower says...

I hope Kingston First will pay generously towards the restoration of the Memorial Gardens. They're already in poor shape after the Christmas Market.
I hope Kingston First will pay generously towards the restoration of the Memorial Gardens. They're already in poor shape after the Christmas Market. CustardFlower
  • Score: 6

10:39am Thu 20 Feb 14

Superowen says...

Looks to me like this is Kingston Councils decision not Kingstonfirst so if anybody should be putting money into Memorial Garden it should be RBK. Plus in fairness the weather has been horrendous since Christmas not sure what they could do.

I'm actually glad its being used... better then just a dead empty unused green space in the centre
Looks to me like this is Kingston Councils decision not Kingstonfirst so if anybody should be putting money into Memorial Garden it should be RBK. Plus in fairness the weather has been horrendous since Christmas not sure what they could do. I'm actually glad its being used... better then just a dead empty unused green space in the centre Superowen
  • Score: -4

12:48pm Thu 20 Feb 14

kingstonpaul says...

If it keeps the junkies, alchies and other assorted pond life out of the gardens, this proposal has much to commend it.
If it keeps the junkies, alchies and other assorted pond life out of the gardens, this proposal has much to commend it. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 6

2:46pm Thu 20 Feb 14

DB says...

Why has it over-run? Surely the council have put in place the appropriate deadlines and penalties with the contractor to get the work done, so it should be Balfour Beatty compensating those affected?

I am not sure how much work goes on at this site during the weekdays, but whenever I walk past either on early weekday evenings or on the weekends there is no work being done whatsoever.

I appreciate there are a few residential properties bordering the site so it is not suitable to work 24/7, but surely a bit of overtime would be in order if they are running 7 weeks behind on a job that really doesn't look like it should have taken much longer than that from start to finish?

Still, the good news is that this shouldn't ruin Kingston for traders and shoppers next Christmas in the same way it did this time around.
Why has it over-run? Surely the council have put in place the appropriate deadlines and penalties with the contractor to get the work done, so it should be Balfour Beatty compensating those affected? I am not sure how much work goes on at this site during the weekdays, but whenever I walk past either on early weekday evenings or on the weekends there is no work being done whatsoever. I appreciate there are a few residential properties bordering the site so it is not suitable to work 24/7, but surely a bit of overtime would be in order if they are running 7 weeks behind on a job that really doesn't look like it should have taken much longer than that from start to finish? Still, the good news is that this shouldn't ruin Kingston for traders and shoppers next Christmas in the same way it did this time around. DB
  • Score: 1

7:46pm Thu 20 Feb 14

K and P Wells says...

I think the market traders should be compensated, over the years they have been pushed from pillar to post, do the council not realise it is there living, as a Kingstonian as are all my family we have seen changes to the market, and I dont think it fair, what would happen if they pulled county hall down and put everybody out of work, different matter, I believe Kingston market place was bequeathed and should stay a market trading place forever, disgruntled Keith Wells.
I think the market traders should be compensated, over the years they have been pushed from pillar to post, do the council not realise it is there living, as a Kingstonian as are all my family we have seen changes to the market, and I dont think it fair, what would happen if they pulled county hall down and put everybody out of work, different matter, I believe Kingston market place was bequeathed and should stay a market trading place forever, disgruntled Keith Wells. K and P Wells
  • Score: 0

1:33pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Mr Chipps says...

Yet another example of mismanaged project in RBK. Questions need to be asked as to who drew up the project schedule, what penalties are available but equally importantly was the time-line feasible. I won't hold my breath that anyone in KingstonFirst let alone RBK will be called to account.
Yet another example of mismanaged project in RBK. Questions need to be asked as to who drew up the project schedule, what penalties are available but equally importantly was the time-line feasible. I won't hold my breath that anyone in KingstonFirst let alone RBK will be called to account. Mr Chipps
  • Score: 1

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