Source: The Telegraph London.
Barrow boys at one of London’s oldest street markets could be silenced following complaints from new residents that they are too loud.
Market traders may be told to fit rubber wheels on their cages to reduce the noise after Islington Council received complaints over the early-morning hubbub at the 137-year-old Chapel Market.
The traders believe that the complaints have been made by wealthy residents who moved into the area last year after buying and refurbishing nearby flats.
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“The problem is that new metropolitan residents have moved in and are encouraging other residents to make complaints,” said Kevin Taylor, who sells fruit and vegetables at Chapel Market.
“But these people are not used to how markets work. It’s like someone moving next to a church and complaining about the bells.
“Being a market trader is harder than ever, what with internet shopping and big supermarkets, and we do not want to die out.
“Many people who live here love the the hustle, bustle and banter, it’s been a way of life in Britain for hundreds of years.
“We are very respectful not to cause too much noise. We may work in the gutter but we weren’t raised there.”
David Twydell, the chairman of the Chapel Market stall holders’ association, told the Mail on Sunday: “Ever since the flats were bought and refurbished last year we have had no end of problems from the landlord and the tenants.
“Two weeks ago a man came out on a Sunday afternoon and asked a fruit seller to stop shouting ‘two for a pound’ because it was ruining his day.
“If they are upset by the noise of traders selling fruit and veg then they shouldn’t live by one of London’s busiest markets.”
Islington Council’s executive member for economic development said there had been “occasional complaints in the past”, but added that there had been none recently.
“Ten months ago we spoke to traders following some complaints about noise from cages,” said Asima Shaikh. “One suggestion was placing rubber wheels on cages if noise complaints continued.
“However, we have not received any more complaints and we have not had further conversations with any traders about this.”