VIDEO: Diggers still working as traders move into Kingston's ancient market place

Surrey Comet: A digger trundles past newly-opened fruit and veg stalls. Photo: Jon Sharman A digger trundles past newly-opened fruit and veg stalls. Photo: Jon Sharman

Traders returned to Kingston’s ancient market place this morning as builders raced against time to finish their work.

It is deadline day for Kingston Council, which has promised business as usual from today, after pushing back its initial deadline from April 13.

Fruit and veg sellers had opened their new stalls when the Surrey Comet visited this morning, but at least one trader is still in Memorial Gardens.

Surrey Comet:

Lance Fleming wastes no time in getting started. Photo: Jon Sharman

Miran Lee, owner of Japanese food stall Namu, said she would not be able to move until Wednesday because her new stall is not ready.

She added: “We got our key at 5.30pm last night. It was supposed to be 1pm. We can’t move today. I think we need maybe two days.”

Surrey Comet:

Workers install signs as shoppers walk past. Photo: Jon Sharman

But Lance Fleming, at Tony’s Fruit and Veg, was positive about moving back in.

He said: “We’re getting all the passing trade back again now. That’s what we’ve missed.

“It just feels weird being back in this area.”

Surrey Comet:

Workers lay down paving opposite the Druid's Head pub. Photo: Jon Sharman

This morning paving in the lower end of the marketplace was yet to be completed, and finishing touches were being made to new, modern stalls.

Diggers trundled through as builders toiled behind the now-familiar yellow railings, and others cleaned the paving with a pressure washer.

Helmut Pflueger shared this time lapse video of the Kingston market place works today.

Helmut Pflueger, 51, head chef at Woody’s bar, said: “It is just outside my window so every morning I saw the development and I had an app on my phone which dates and records the image.

“It shows the amazing transformation from what it was before, with the old market stalls and garbage behind, to the plaza and the cool stores.

“It is a big improvement. Something needed to be done and I think it works.”

Kingston Markets tweeted its own pictures this morning showing a different view of the progress of the works.

One of its pictures showed the paved area in front of the Market House with the word "Done!".

Surrey Comet:

Photo: Kingston Markets

Surrey Comet:

Another picture from Kingston Markets shows people trying out the new chairs.

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12:54pm Mon 19 May 14

DB says...

What an absolute disgrace to show those pictures of the parts of the market that actually have been completed! I am pleased that the Comet are showing both sides of the story.

Everyone involved in this project should be embarrassed about how it has been run right from the beginning, through to the farce of inviting people to 'open' the market last week when it was still a building site and now this week when the traders are actually expected to trade from a building site.

All of these failures to deliver have been compounded by the lies and misinformation given all along about proposed opening dates and when they were planning to complete.

On the upside, it does look like they tried their best towards the end of the project. When I went down there yesterday, I counted three people actually working in the area on a Sunday! Too little too late, of course, but if those contractrs had bothered turning up every Sunday throughout this protracted project we may be quite a lot closer to actually being finished now.
What an absolute disgrace to show those pictures of the parts of the market that actually have been completed! I am pleased that the Comet are showing both sides of the story. Everyone involved in this project should be embarrassed about how it has been run right from the beginning, through to the farce of inviting people to 'open' the market last week when it was still a building site and now this week when the traders are actually expected to trade from a building site. All of these failures to deliver have been compounded by the lies and misinformation given all along about proposed opening dates and when they were planning to complete. On the upside, it does look like they tried their best towards the end of the project. When I went down there yesterday, I counted three people actually working in the area on a Sunday! Too little too late, of course, but if those contractrs had bothered turning up every Sunday throughout this protracted project we may be quite a lot closer to actually being finished now. DB
  • Score: -5

1:03pm Mon 19 May 14

kingstonpaul says...

Memo to market stalls. Please no more selling putrifying asparagus. I appreciate it's been a bumper crop this year, and you need to shift it, but the crap I bought last week from one of the market's most repuatble traders was a disgrace. Back to Sainsbury from now on guys.
Memo to market stalls. Please no more selling putrifying asparagus. I appreciate it's been a bumper crop this year, and you need to shift it, but the crap I bought last week from one of the market's most repuatble traders was a disgrace. Back to Sainsbury from now on guys. kingstonpaul
  • Score: -15

2:42pm Mon 19 May 14

SteveC1964 says...

Do the council officers still believe that the ancient market won't continue to be used as a cut through for motorcycles, vans and cars even though they are banned? Please can the police have some traffic cops outside Clas Ohlsen to stop them driving through from Thames Street and the High Street. Until the route through was blocked by the works drivers stuck two fingers up to the law. Now it's time to stop them making it a regular cut through again.
Do the council officers still believe that the ancient market won't continue to be used as a cut through for motorcycles, vans and cars even though they are banned? Please can the police have some traffic cops outside Clas Ohlsen to stop them driving through from Thames Street and the High Street. Until the route through was blocked by the works drivers stuck two fingers up to the law. Now it's time to stop them making it a regular cut through again. SteveC1964
  • Score: 1

2:42pm Mon 19 May 14

Red_Rock says...

kingstonpaul wrote:
Memo to market stalls. Please no more selling putrifying asparagus. I appreciate it's been a bumper crop this year, and you need to shift it, but the crap I bought last week from one of the market's most repuatble traders was a disgrace. Back to Sainsbury from now on guys.
Why not tell the stall holder about this instead of continually boring the arse of us?
[quote][p][bold]kingstonpaul[/bold] wrote: Memo to market stalls. Please no more selling putrifying asparagus. I appreciate it's been a bumper crop this year, and you need to shift it, but the crap I bought last week from one of the market's most repuatble traders was a disgrace. Back to Sainsbury from now on guys.[/p][/quote]Why not tell the stall holder about this instead of continually boring the arse of us? Red_Rock
  • Score: 20

1:30pm Tue 20 May 14

kingstonpaul says...

Red_Rock wrote:
kingstonpaul wrote:
Memo to market stalls. Please no more selling putrifying asparagus. I appreciate it's been a bumper crop this year, and you need to shift it, but the crap I bought last week from one of the market's most repuatble traders was a disgrace. Back to Sainsbury from now on guys.
Why not tell the stall holder about this instead of continually boring the arse of us?
Well knucklehead, thanks for your feedback. You are of course absolutely right. But alas it's because I'm not in the enviable position of being able to take a day off work in London to go back to the offending stall.
And by the time next Saturday comes, rest assured, the offending vegetable will hopefully be providing nutrition for the pigs you'll be eating for your breakfast bacon.
I'm waiting with baited breath for your next erudite and insightful contribution to this site!
[quote][p][bold]Red_Rock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kingstonpaul[/bold] wrote: Memo to market stalls. Please no more selling putrifying asparagus. I appreciate it's been a bumper crop this year, and you need to shift it, but the crap I bought last week from one of the market's most repuatble traders was a disgrace. Back to Sainsbury from now on guys.[/p][/quote]Why not tell the stall holder about this instead of continually boring the arse of us?[/p][/quote]Well knucklehead, thanks for your feedback. You are of course absolutely right. But alas it's because I'm not in the enviable position of being able to take a day off work in London to go back to the offending stall. And by the time next Saturday comes, rest assured, the offending vegetable will hopefully be providing nutrition for the pigs you'll be eating for your breakfast bacon. I'm waiting with baited breath for your next erudite and insightful contribution to this site! kingstonpaul
  • Score: -6

4:24pm Tue 17 Jun 14

pinky107 says...

now it is finished and the stall holders are working then that is the good thing , the stall holders working again . but it is the most ugliest thing since the greenway . they look hideous beyond belief .
give the wendy houses a lick of paint at least , do something to make them look nice . they have killed the charm of the 'ancient market ' by making it look far too modern and tate modern at that . the sheds are totally out of place to the atmos and romance of the ancient style of the market . like putting a porsche beside stone henge , just doesnt look right .
well done to the stall holders and may they prosper and hopefully kingston wont put their rents up to fund some other eyesore .
now it is finished and the stall holders are working then that is the good thing , the stall holders working again . but it is the most ugliest thing since the greenway . they look hideous beyond belief . give the wendy houses a lick of paint at least , do something to make them look nice . they have killed the charm of the 'ancient market ' by making it look far too modern and tate modern at that . the sheds are totally out of place to the atmos and romance of the ancient style of the market . like putting a porsche beside stone henge , just doesnt look right . well done to the stall holders and may they prosper and hopefully kingston wont put their rents up to fund some other eyesore . pinky107
  • Score: 1

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