This week 60 years ago: Proposals to annexe Covent Garden Market with Old Street branded ‘complete madness’
- Credit: Archant
Proposals to set up an annexe to Covent Garden Market at the junction of Old Street with City Road were branded “complete madness”.
At the time the market covered an area of 30 acres.
Alderman Michael Cliffe, an MP and leader of Finsbury Council, said that while there was an urgent need to reorganise the market, that setting up an annexe in such a congested area would virtually bring traffic to a stand still.
"What they are now preparing to do is against the interests of London as a whole," he declared. "I suggest it must be done on the perimeter of London."
The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food had put forward the St Luke's printing works site as suitable for storing empty containers. But Mr Cliffe criticised the fact that such a proposal was made with no consultation with the local highways authorities.
You may also want to watch:
A resolution endorsing his views was passed unanimously.
- 1 Aldi Local to open in Dalston next month
- 2 Hackney Downs anti-vax camp cost £50,000 to remove
- 3 No shortage of energy for runners in the Hackney Half and 5K
- 4 Hackney Wick floating restaurant wins Catey award
- 5 'It could be a grim Christmas': Brexit blamed for Hackney fuel shortages
- 6 Mosaic unveiled near Finsbury Park station entrance at City North
- 7 TV drama of fascism and resistance in Jewish East London
- 8 Meet the Insta-famous Hackney café taking over your feed
- 9 Hundreds of activists descend on north London incinerator demanding end to rebuild
- 10 Petrol station forecourts closed and long queues in north London