The Metropolis of London has accepted plans to maneuver Billingsgate and Smithfield markets to websites it owns in Dagenham.
Town has been on the lookout for a brand new dwelling for its three most important markets for a number of years, and in 2018 purchased a big plot of land subsequent to Dagenham Dock which is at present occupied by an influence station, in a preemptive strike to cease different bidders getting their palms on it. the bottom
New Spitalfields (fruit, greens & flowers) moved to Leyton in 1991, whereas Billingsgate (fish) moved to the Canary Wharf space in 1982 – solely Smithfield (meat and poultry) remained in its 800-year-old home.
In 2019, the Metropolis accepted plans to merge and relocate three historic wholesale meals markets, Smithfield Market, Billingsgate Market and New Spitalfields Market – on a brand new web site in Dagenham. Nonetheless, the plan has modified, and now solely Billingsgate and Smithfield wholesale market will transfer to Dagenham, whereas the New Spitalfields market will stay in Leyton, though the Metropolis nonetheless goals to maneuver to Dagenham ultimately.
London’s wholesale markets, and lots of others throughout the nation, are ruled by laws which implies they’ll solely be moved to new places with the consent of Parliament. Town will desk a Non-public Invoice with Parliament on November 29 which is able to then search Parliament’s permission to maneuver the market.
The brand new market at Dagenham Dock is predicted to open between 2027-2028.
There was additionally plenty of native opposition to the transfer from Smithfield butchers, however they’ve now secured a deal to maneuver to Dagenham.
The Metropolis of London says it would make investments virtually a billion kilos instantly in Barking and Dagenham to redevelop 42 acres of commercial land right into a wholesale meals market, bringing round 2,700 new jobs to Barking and Dagenham and supporting 7,850 jobs throughout the UK – an estimated. a 17% improve in jobs supported by Billingsgate and Smithfield right this moment.
In addition to being proper subsequent to the A13 for groceries, additionally it is a brief stroll from Dagenham Dock station for these wishing to go to the location.
As soon as the market has been moved, Smithfield Market has been earmarked to be remodeled right into a cultural hub sitting subsequent to the relocated Museum of London. The land in Canary Wharf that shall be unlocked by relocating Billingsgate may present round 2,000 new houses and different social infrastructure.
Hopefully, Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve Public sale will proceed in its new dwelling, though Greg Lawrence, who runs the public sale, shall be accepting Christmas orders from his on-line retailer subsequent week when you fancy procuring that means.