After careful consideration, Westminster City Council has decided not to go ahead with its original intention of bringing in an external market operator to take over running Berwick Street Market on behalf of the Council.
Councillor Robert Davis MBE DL, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage said: “Since taking on my new portfolio in January I have been looking closely at many aspects of the council’s work that now fall under my remit, including the proposals for Berwick Street Market.
“In light of the on-going community concerns, including the public petition submitted last year and as a result of thorough discussions with officers and the Ward Councillors, I feel there is a need to halt the current tendering process for the management of the market and reflect further on alternative ways to improve the Market.
“My Grandfather used to own a shop in the Market in the 1960’s and I recall visiting on numerous occasions in my childhood a vibrant and popular market. Therefore I want to consult further and look at ways that will improve the market that takes all the local traders, residents and visitors with us, so as to return the market to its former glory.
“It therefore remains my firm belief that markets can play a key role in the economic and social life of Westminster’s neighbourhoods and Berwick Street in particular can once again become a thriving market adding to the vitality of Soho as the jewel in the golden crown that is at the heart of our great City of Westminster.”