Ilford – VIJAY SHAH via ELLENA CRUSE and Ilford Recorder
A new covered market is planned for Ilford in the next few years at the site of the car park near the High Road and the Kenneth More Theatre in the town’s centre. Now, the official planning application for the market suggests that it will be a large one, with an expected 800-person capacity, according to material seen by local paper, the Ilford Recorder.
The 800-person capacity refers not to the amount of traders that will be operating in the market, but the maximum number of shoppers the market will be able to contain. The figure was released by Mercato Metropolitano (MM), the firm behind the market’s potential development. MM is a London-based company specialising in the operation of community-oriented marketplaces infused with an Italian soul, and have already set up a similar market in the Elephant & Castle area of central London.
MM plan to build a temporary ‘L-shaped structure’ which will last for five years at the Redbridge Car Park, off Ilford’s Chadwick Road and close to the shopping centre. That land is currently owned by the local government body for the area, Redbridge Council.
The project will include thirty food stalls, plus an on-site craft brewery and a hydroponic farm for growing local fruits and vegetables. There are also plans for the market to have its own cookery school to train locals in food culture. The market will operate all day and offer a wide variety of cuisines and food and drink types to cater to the surrounding area’s diverse population.
A spokesperson for MM explained to the Recorder: “The retail offer will always include a cold cuts and cheese counter, a range of selected groceries, wines and liqueurs, chocolate, patisserie, bakery/boulangerie, cooking tools, flowers, fruit and vegetables,’
‘The restaurant concessions will always offer a wide variety of foods from across the world, including Neapolitan pizza, Middle Eastern concessions, Japanese, fresh pasta, Argentinean/South American grills and specialities, pan‐Asian cuisine, Italian gelato and a world‐class bar.’
‘Whilst some of the concessions may open at different times of the day, the whole operation will offer breakfast, lunch, supper and drinks together with an all‐day retail offer.”
The planning proposals submitted to the council state that the market will likely be open from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm on Sundays to Thursdays, and from 8:00 am to 12:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays only. Visitors will be expected to leave the market quietly as not to disturb the peace of residents in the area, home to many residential houses and blocks of flats.
Redbridge councillors will meet up to discuss the MM covered market proposal some time in the New Year (2019), the Ilford Recorder stated.
Ilford previously had a traditional market, Pioneer Market, which was demolished several years ago to make way for the twin towers known as Pioneer Point, which dominates the Ilford skyline.
A father from Dagenham, Essex has been charged at court for the crime of killing his two-year-old daughter, according to a report published yesterday by Sky News.
Rejwanul Islam, aged 25, is accused of causing his daughter, Mariyah Islam, serious head injuries in March 2016. She passed away at an undisclosed location in Euston, central London, and a post-mortem at St. Thomas’ Hospital in south London revealed the child has suffered a ‘traumatic head injury’.
After police investigations, the father was formally charged with Mariyah’s murder at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in London yesterday. Court proceedings will continue at a later date.
TheLVRPAare offering a huge choice of affordable sports programmes to keep children occupied during the long six-week break. You can choose from hour-long taster sessions in four types of cycling, one-day sports activity camps and training sessions for cycling, hockey and tennis, as part of the Olympic legacy events being hosted atQueen Elizabeth Olympic Parkin Stratford,Newham, east London – to encourage children and adults to make sports an important part of their lives. The Authority also has other events running in Hertfordshire, Essex andLeyton – all within easy driving distance. Visitors to the Home Counties sites, near the leafy park that straddles the River Lee, can also experience water rafting, kayaking, rambling, boating, pony treks, farms and ice-skating rinks in a friendly and natural setting, perfect during these long summer days. Interested parentsare encouragedto book places early as spotsare limited.
At the Lee ValleyVeloParkat the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, would-beBradley Wiggins, LauraTrottsand bike-mad kids generally cantry outdifferent styles of cycling at thespecially designedpark and courses. You can choose from holiday clubs specialising inBMX, mountain biking, road or track cycling. Children will learn to build their confidence on two wheelsand alsolearn how to safely handle their bikes with adult supervision. They will be pumping their pedals and tackling berms on theBMX track, developing the control of a road bike on the flat and how to execute safe climbs and descents on mountain bikes. They can even discover the secrets of velodrome racing, just like theUK cyclingteam. Prices start from £4.00.
If you are looking to keep your kids occupiedthe wholeday, both theVeloParkand the nearby Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre are organising sports activities day camps at £30 per child per day. Inspire your childto bethe next Olympian by enrolling them on the camp where they will get to enjoy a fun-filled day trying their hands at threeOlympic sports– BMX, tennis and hockey – in the former home of London 2012. With the help ofexperiencedcoaches, kids can learn the basics of these sports and help them pick up the skills that could make them into future Olympic champions. The Day Camps are open to children of all ages.
The Hockey & Tennis Centre are also offering tennis-only sessions to inspire kids in the spirit of that greatest tennis tournament of all, Wimbledon. The centre has both outdoor as well as indoor courts so you do not have to worry about theunpredictableBritish weather. The centre has four indoor courts, whichcan behired from £15 per session. If you want to feel the wind in your hair, you can book one of the six outdoor courts from only £8 per session, whether it is for a gentleknockaboutor competitive matches that would makeNadalorSharapovasweat. The courts are available for use seven days a week. Kids can also join up on a special five-day ‘mini tennis camp’ for indoor tennis. With experienced coaches from the sport and a different focus in every session, the camps arean easyintroduction to thismasterfulsport for young ones aged from five to eight years. The mini tennis camps run from Monday to Friday, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon and cost £55 per participating child.
After ahealthysession at the tennis courts, you can visit local attractions in Stratford and the Olympic Park. Highlights include the ‘Tumbling Bay’ playground, picturesque open spaces perfect for picnics and leisurely walks, theLondon Aquatics Centre, theArcelor-MittalOrbit– which resembles a hookah pipe and is Britain’s tallest sculpture – and the Copper Box Arena. Shoppers can visit the nearby brand-newWestfield Stratford CityE20and Stratford Shopping Centre, while culture vultures can travel out a bit to visit the kid-friendlyDiscovery Centreand see performances at the Theatre Royal. StratfordDLR, Tube and bus stations are close by, enabling links to all parts of London and beyond.
If you love horse-riding, have a go at the leisurely pony treks at the Lee Valley Riding Centre in Leyton, a short bus ride away from Stratford. Enjoy the great outdoors and meet like-minded pony enthusiasts while trekking through the meadowsalongsidethe River Lee. The event is open to all families with children, regardless of any riding experience. The friendly and relaxing sessions are also a chance to learn about horse-riding,includinghandling the reins, to learning how to halt, steer and walkalongsideyour noble steed. The sessions cost £25 per person.
If this summer is proving a bit on the hot side for you, why not cool down with some ice-skating at theLee Valley Ice Centre, also in Leyton. There are daily public skating sessions or for the newcomer, the Ice Centre has special classes to learn the basics from skating experts. Ice-skating costs £8.90 per child, which includes the price for hiring a pair of skates.
For families able to travel beyond theM25, the neighbouring counties of Essex and Hertfordshire have some exciting events being staged byLVRPAover the summer. TheLee Valley ParkFarms in Waltham Abbey are offering full days of fun where children can get up close and personal with farmyard animals such as ducklings, sheep and even exotic wildlife like tamarin monkeys and meerkats. After bonding with animals, children can also let off some pent-up excitement at the nearby Hilltop Adventure Zone, where they can have tonnes of fun “aiming for the sky on the giant jumping pillow, whizzing down the slope of the toboggan run in asquidgydonut” before riding a tractor to the site’s operational dairy farm where they can learn where our milk and cheese come from. Parents ofPeppaPig fans have a special treat on the 30th July 2014. Tickets to the farm cost £8 per child, but you can get a 10% discount if you book online.
Waltham Cross’sLee Valley White Water Centreis recommendedfor those who want a soaking wet adrenaline rush. This venue played host to the canoe slalom events at the London Olympics of two years ago and is now the permanent home of the Team GB Canoe Slalom team. Children on the summer break can have a go at basic canoeing on the centre’s manmade lake for only a fiver, in one of their special ‘Go Canoeing’ courses. The braver children can take part in a hot dog session, rafting orhydrospeedingtheonsiterapids, for thatultimatefoamy thrill chase. If they don’t fancy getting wet, that’s no problem. The lessaquatically-inclinedare treatedto seeing paddlers in action and daredevil rafters tearing up the waterways at the Olympic-grade course. The white water events cost from £30 per person and there are age restrictions for some of the more demanding water sports.
If you want to feel a splash without going at full speed, there are calmer water events at the Lee Valley Boat Centre inBroxbourne, a sleepy commuter town deep within Hertfordshire. Only ten minutes’ drive from the valley’s White Water Centre, it is the perfect place to enjoy some gentle boating and a relaxing day out for tired parents and children. There are a choice of rowing boats, motorised vessels andpedalosall available for hire. Both centresare situatedin the 1,000 acre Lee Valley Park, where there are opportunities for chilled-out picnics, nature walks or just some peaceful ‘me time’.
If you wish to find out more,askabout courses or available places, or to make bookings/reservations, the following are addresses and the official Lee Valley tourism website. All information made available in this articlewas providedby publicity from theLee Valley Regional ParkAuthority.
Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre
Eton Manor, Leadmill Lane, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London E20 3AD.
Tel: 08456 770 604
Lee Valley VeloPark
Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London E20 3AB.
Tel: 08456 770 603
Lee Valley Riding Centre
Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QL.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8556 2629
Lee Valley Ice Centre
Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QL.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8533 3154
Lee Valley Park Farms
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2EF.
Tel: +44 (0)1992 892 781
Lee Valley White Water Centre
Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB.
Tel: 08456 770 606
Lee Valley Boat Centre
Old Nazeing Road, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 6LX.