Friday afternoon saw the final sprucing up of the main market square on Douglas Way, presumably ready for action for the full Saturday market. I'll be off down there later to find out how it's working.
My recollection from the original consultation pictures was that the lovely paving would go right across the square, but either my memory has failed me, or plans changed since then - or perhaps funding didn't stretch that far. I do think it's a bit of a shame that they have chosen black asphalt for the main square and the central strip of Douglas Way - a lighter alternative would have been less oppressive especially for days when the market is not there.
They have marked out the pitches on the new asphalt - more than 30 in total! And they are tiny! Perhaps the council want to impose a new regime on stallholders, especially in the main square where they have got into the habit of simply emptying their boxes onto whatever bit of space they can find. Personally I find the random heaps of trash that pass for stalls at the second hand market add to the charm of Deptford, but I can imagine that it is both an administrative and a health and safety nightmare for those who bear the responsibility in legal terms.
All I can say is I look forward to seeing how the market is arranged this morning, and I don't envy the task of the market inspectors if they are expected to shoehorn Peter and his 'top quality rubbish' into even a couple of those pitches. I am sure I can hear the sound of the air turning blue right now...!
I am delighted and slightly relieved to see the lamp posts are not wonky; there are a few bike racks in the square and rows of lovely trees, very pleasant. I'll be doing a full appraisal once it's all completed.
*update: the square is still fenced off today, somewhat disappointingly. Seems we'll have to wait a few more days to see it in action!