Plans submitted for Canning Town’s Rathbone Market

Concerned tenants in Canning Town have demanded a meeting with Newham Council as the regeneration of the area gathers pace.

Detailed plans have been now submitted for the second phase of the redevelopment of Rathbone Market in Barking Road.

Approval of the scheme will see the existing market relocated along Barking Road. Thomas North Terrace will be demolished, and residents have been offered homes in phase one of the development.

If approved by the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, 165 new homes, a new public library and a community ‘hub’ will be built.

But some residents say they want official representation by a tenant management organisation (TMO) while the regeneration continues full steam ahead.

Betty O’Connell, of Burrard Road, said they wanted to raise several concerns with the English Cities Fund, the applicants, and the council.

She said: “The effect this will have on residents is that they won’t be secure tenants because it’s all privately run. “The rents are going to be a lot dearer, and as far as I’m aware, the space isn’t that big.”

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This phase of the plans covers land including Barking Road to the north, Mary Street to the east, and the A13 Newham Way and Maud Street.

The new market will have space for 60 stallholders. A new underpass entrance and street will connect Barking Road to Mary Street.

It was submitted after a public consultation meeting on March 13.

Duncan Cumberland, project director for the English Cities Fund, said: “Phase two is the part of this development programme which will have the most direct effect on the community of Canning Town.

“It is significant because the new market square, focal point of the whole development, will get under way, and many other community benefits such as the community benefits such as the library and community hub will be created.”

Cllr Colin McAuley, Newham’s executive member for regeneration and strategic planning, has promised to “continue to engage residents” as phase two is completed.

Mrs O’Connell added: “We don’t object to the regeneration, it’s just the way they are going about it.

“There are residents who have been here from the very beginning - it wouldn’t be fair to leave them out and keep some others in a TMO.”