A new community market model is being piloted in Lambeth, with the first one launching at the Angell Town estate.
It’s Your Local Market aims to provide an urban sustainable market managed and operated by the residents and is funded by the London Community Foundation.
It will host and promote locally sourced materials, renewable energy and sustainable food for those living and visiting Lambeth, giving priority to local businesses, residents and projects supporting sustainable living.
Andrea Brown, the project development officer, said the market is about showing how sustainability can be achieved in Lambeth, protecting the environment while involving the community in the market.
She said the process would be collaborative, with ongoing meetings and other events such as skills workshops and work with children.
Brown said: “It’s all about sustainable living, promoting a greener and brighter borough and giving local people in Lambeth the opportunity to benchmark their business, skills and workshop.”
Hannah Lewis, community engagement officer with Angell Town RMO (Resident Management Organisation), said: “This is a place to find hidden gems of Brixton’s homegrown talent: art, crafts, fashion, homewares, and tasty street foods that are home-made and unique.
“More than just a market, it’s a strong group of local makers and artists whose enterprising attitude is bringing energy, local pride, and a new direction that looks beyond the troubles of Angell Town highlighted in the media. These traders are determined that together we can create a sustainable local economy, and new opportunities beyond the spotlight of Brixton’s town centre.”
The market will be launched on October 10 at Max Roach Park.