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Farmers market booze decision

Organisers scale back music and alcohol bid

09 October, 2020 — By Richard Osley

The farmers market is held at St Paul’s School

FOR five years, it has been a hit with residents seeking organic veg and pork belly treats, among other favourites, in Primrose Hill.

But the farmers market operating at weekends in St Paul’s School in Elsworthy Road triggered a series of objections by asking for a new alcohol licence and the right to host musical entertainment.

The Primrose Hill Food Market is now offering a compromise and a scaled back application after the council’s inbox was filled with messages from worried neighbours fearing the market would double up as a loud, open air music venue.

It has scratched plans for live or recorded music and will now not allow people to buy alcohol to drink on the site – the school’s playground. But the market, which will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, is still looking to secure consent for “off-sales” of alcohol for a maximum of three traders at a time.

One is due to be the craft brewery run from the crypt of nearby church, St Mary’s Church; an operation which raises money for its community work. Licensers must make a decision next week on whether to approve the plans. Among the objections they had received,

Clare Latimer, the former Downing Street caterer who lives nearby, told the council: “We are a lovely peaceful neighbourhood and have the school all week days and farmers market on Saturdays. This is all really good and fits in with local and neighbourhood, but the thought of having music and alcohol licensed at weekends seems beyond the boundaries of peace an quiet on some days of the week.”

She added: “We have enough of that on Primrose Hill and I am totally against this.”

Others drew organisers’ attention to a rise of nuisance behaviour reported in the neighbourhood. “Primrose Hill park entrance already has anti-social behaviour daily in and outside the park. Residents in the area have had to call the police,” wrote another objector. The market has been running for around five years.

Sarah Lang, from the market, said the “on site” alcohol request had been so that people could test small samples of drinks they were interested in buying.

Councillors are due to meet on Tuesday.

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