Barnet Market back at the bandstand

After having moved from site to site in recent years, Barnet Market has returned to the bandstand area beside Waitrose, at the rear of the Spires shopping centre, and traders hope that finally this will become their settled home.

Stallholders have been promised that adjoining land on the other side of the Spires’ service road – including space around the mound – will be re-landscaped to provide paved areas with room for coffee and refreshment stalls, as well as new seating.

“We have been assured the lay-out for the market around the bandstand will be improved, and that there will be proper facilities such as electricity connections,” said Tyler Bone, a third-generation fruit and vegetable stallholder.

“If we get what’s been promised, and the market becomes really welcoming, we could do really well again.”

Chris Nightingale, organiser of Friends of Barnet Market, said the success of the move from St Albans Road to the rear of the Spires was “crucial” to the market’s long-term future.

“After what have been difficult years for the market, there is hope now that the market is beginning a new chapter in its long history,” says Andy Gardiner, of the Barnet Market Traders Association.

He issued this appeal to Barnet residents:

“Don’t just be a friend of the market, become a valued customer. This is your community market that you fought so hard to keep. Your Continued support will help the market flourish.”