Market and isolated pitch vacancies

Licences on markets are issued in accordance with the City Of Westminster Act 1999 and with reference to the Statement of Street Trading Policy 2013.

We aim to keep our markets full, vibrant and offering a range of goods for all customers. We also aim to support local residents and those with start-up businesses on our markets.

We often have a number of vacant pitches available for street trading in markets and across different licensing schemes.

Please read on to find out what vacancies are available and how to apply to be a trader.

1. Berwick Street

We have recently accepted applications for vacant pitches on Berwick Street Market and are reviewing these.

There are no available pitches on this market currently.

Any pitches that become vacant will be advertised here.

2. Strutton Ground

There are a number of pitches that are currently vacant on this market as set out below and we are now accepting applications for these vacancies from potential market traders.

Please see the plan showing the approximate location of the pitches on this market. This plan is not to scale.

Find out more information about the Strutton Ground Market.

Pitch vacancies

Available Pitches

At present we can only accommodate applications for non-food products on this market. Applications for food will not be accepted in accordance with Policy ST8 of the council’s Street Trading Policy.

Additional information

The vacant pitches are 3.05m x 2.50m and applicants are required to provide their own receptacle that will contain all goods, equipment etc. and will fit within the dimensions of the pitch. The applicant will be required to demonstrate that the receptacle is fire retardant and complies with British Standard BS:7837. Adequate fire safety equipment will also be required.

Traders will need to make provision for electricity, storage and parking arrangements (Q Park might be able to offer reduction but applicants will need to liaise with them direct).

 

3. Tachbrook Street

There are a number of pitches that are currently vacant on this market as set out below and we are now accepting applications for these vacancies from potential market traders.

Please see the plan showing the approximate location of the pitches on this market. This plan is not to scale.

Find out more information about the Tachbrook Street market.

Pitch vacancies

Available Pitches

Currently there are a large number of take-away food traders on this market, so business proposals from potential traders wanting to sell non-food commodities and fresh produce will be given priority in accordance with Policy ST8 of the council’s Street Trading Policy.

Additional information

The vacant pitches are 3m x 2m and 3m x 3m and traders are required to provide their own gazebo that will contain all goods, equipment etc. that will all fit within the dimensions of the pitch.  The desired design for this market is a blue and white stripe gazebo with blue windowed side walls.  The available pitches are not located at the ends of the market so it is unlikely that trading from a vehicle will be permitted as set out in policy ST1 of the council’s Street Trading Policy. The applicant will be required to demonstrate that the stall is fire retardant and complies with British Standard BS:7837.  Adequate fire safety equipment will also be required.

Limited storage is available for new traders.

An electrical supply is also available for use by traders.  No other electrical supply (e.g. generators or connections to premises in the vicinity of the pitch) may be used.  All equipment, either in isolation or combination, must be compatible with the electrical supply.  A mains water supply is also available for traders on the market.

Licence holders are currently eligible for a parking permit to park near to the market.

4. Maida Hill

There are a number of pitches that are currently vacant on this market as set out below and we are now accepting applications for these vacancies from potential market traders.

Find out more information about the Maida Hill market.

Pitch vacancies

Available Pitches

Preference will be given to applications for children's clothing, footwear, toy stalls, books and greeting cards.

Additional information

The pitch sizes are 3m x 2m or 2m x 2m. Applicants are required to provide their own receptacle that will contain all goods, equipment etc.. The applicant will be required to demonstrate that the receptacle is fire retardant and complies with British Standard BS:7837. Adequate fire safety equipment will also be required.

Licence holders are currently eligible for a parking permit to park near to the market.

Electricity is available on the Maida Hill market but applicants will need to make their own arrangements for water, storage and arrangement.

5. Church Street

Public realm redevelopment works are underway that are affecting the Church Street Market. We are therefore not accepting applications for street trading licences or temporary licences for Saturdays (other than from a registered casual trader) and we are not accepting applications to vary street trading licences that have effect on Saturdays.

However, there are a number of weekday pitches that are currently vacant on this market as set out below and we are now accepting applications for these vacancies from potential market traders.

Please see the plan showing the approximate location of the pitches on this market. This plan is not to scale.

Find out more information about the Church Street market.

Pitch Vacancies

Available Pitches

Preference will be given to applications for food-based and fresh produce commodities particularly bread and cheese, and artisan products (both food and non-food).

Applications for hot take-away food commodities will only be considered for pitches between Penfold Street and Salisbury Street.

Additional Information

The pitch sizes are 2.9m x 2.76m or 2.9m x 3.24m, as shown on the plan of the market. Applicants are required to provide their own receptacle that will contain all goods, equipment etc. within the dimensions of the pitch. The applicant will be required to demonstrate that the receptacle is fire retardant and complies with British Standard BS:7837. Adequate fire safety equipment will also be required.

Applicants will need to make their own arrangements for electricity, water, parking and storage.

 

6. Isolated pitches

We are not currently advertising any vacant isolated pitches at this time. Please check again in the next few weeks.

7. Application criteria

Business proposals will only be accepted whilst a vacant market pitch or vacant isolated pitch is being advertised above. They will be considered on a first come, first served basis except where two applications are received for the same pitch on the same day. In such cases, applications will be prioritised according to:

  • the goods for sale - see details under each specific market for more information
  • whether the application is from a start-up business or where the applicant is part of an enterprise scheme
  • the days for which the applicant has applied; preference will be given to applicants applying for a greater number of days, particularly where market occupancy is lower on certain days of the week
  • whether the application is from owners or operators of adjacent retail premises who wish to extend their offer out onto an existing designated pitch

8. How to apply

Apply to be a market trader

View information on each individual market

 

Charitable organisations and promotional stalls

We often offer vacant market pitches to community groups or charitable organisations for various projects or schemes. For more information, please email the street trading team with details of your proposal (including your proposed location and proposed days) and a copy of your current public liability insurance certificate. A minimum cover of £2,000,000 is required.


Last updated: 22 May 2017
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