Plans for market in new Archway pedestrian area
Stalls could be open by spring at Navigator Square former gyratory
09 February, 2018 — By Samantha Booth
Stalls at the Christmas market in Archway
ARCHWAY is one step closer to having a market on the new public square with hopes it will be open by spring.
Stephanie Smith currently runs an up-to-25-stall market in Holloway Road but said she has suffered over the past year because of “continuous disruption” caused by local road works.
To try and keep the market sustainable, she is working with the council to move her current set-up to the new pedestrian area at the former gyratory, named Navigator Square, completed by Transport for London last year.
The plans have proved popular with locals, with 43 responses in support, compared to four sharing their concerns, and the first hurdle of granting a street trading licence was passed by the Town Hall on Monday.
Ms Smith, who won the Mayor’s Civic Award in 2015, said: “I feel very optimistic about it all and everyone has been so lovely about it. It’ll be a huge upgrade on how it looks now. It’s important it is not just a food market and there is opportunity for other things, like the other things London markets used to have.”
The Archway Market opened in 2006 in Junction Road but was evicted by developers in 2007. With support from the council, they found their current site on the corner of St John’s Grove.
The new market would be open on a Wednesday and Saturday and there would also be a Sunday market, based on themes such as crafts. It would be a combination of food and more “unusual” stalls often seen on Portobello Market, said Ms Smith, who will invest in the market herself from a bank loan.
Several Christmas markets held in December proved to be “quite successful”, council officers said.