The owner of two popular farmers’ markets has pledged to sue Hammersmith and the Fulham Council for his decision to ban him from working.
Its markets have been selling pastries, cheese, vegetables and other products for eight years.
RMS Markets, which usually hosts two weekly events at Bishops Park in Fulham and Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith, received an injunction on Friday, April 30.
The injunction was the latest escalation in the conflict, starting when the board initially informed the company on April 10 that its markets would not be allowed to return to the long-awaited exit from the lockdown on Saturday, April 17.
The Council has repeatedly stated that the markets will pose a public health risk through increased traffic.
Despite this, on May 1, the council authorized Mr. Spurier to run a small farmers’ market at Brackenbury Elementary School.
Ross Spurrier, who founded RMS Markets in 2013, said: “With nonessential stores now open… hairdressers, gyms and beauty salons are open and infection rates continue to decline across London, we asked what this ‘public health’ is. advice ‘is.
“We saw nothing, and from what the council told us, there was no such evidence presented during the April meeting when it decided to change its mind and leave our markets closed.”
He added, “I just don’t understand their reasoning.”
His colleague Fiona Campbell told the Local Democracy News Service that they would appeal the injunction.
“We will fight for the Bishops Park. We are not going to waste eight years working on this, and there is no alternative site that we can use, ”she said.
“We’ll be at Brackenbury Elementary School for the foreseeable future.”
The representative of the council also said that in the future he may choose another market company to work on these two sites.
This is despite the fact that RMS claims that they have a valid contract with the board and that the board is violating it.
A spokesman said: “On the recommendation of public health, farmers markets in the area remain closed. But [the council] looks forward to the restoration of such attractions in its parks when the current health crisis permits. This will happen after a competitive tender to open open markets, ”said a council representative.
“We are also aware that the pandemic has had a detrimental effect on local shops, cafes and restaurants, so we will take this opportunity to analyze the purpose of markets and develop a new set of results to better support local businesses and residents.”
The petition against the board’s decision, filed by RMS Markets, collected 1,400 signatures. And their crowdfunding campaign raised £ 5,000.
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