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Market gets the green light
A CONTINENTAL market will be coming to Uxbridge next month for three days.
Businessman Philippe Basset has previously held markets in Uxbridge and Eastcote, and will be back on July 4, 5 and 6.
On the last two occasions he applied, Hillingdon Council only granted his company, Savoir-Fayre of Dene Road, Northwood, a two-day permit.
And the market has been unpopular with permanent traders who saw it as competition and opposed the plans.
Mr Basset said: "I am very happy to have got the three days that we need in order to break even; any money that we make will go into advertising the markets.
"All I want to do is to get everyone in Uxbridge together to show that the market is good for everyone and it is not competition.
"The market could put Uxbridge on the map and get people not only from Hillingdon coming to the town to shop but people from further away.
"I want to work with the traders in the town, not against them. The market gives people the opportunity to promote their businesses. It is a good thing."
If the three-day market is successful Mr Basset said he may look to hold the market for four days in the future.
The application went before Hillingdon council's licensing sub-committee on Wednesday of last week.
Last year, the council told those opposed to Mr Basset's plans that councillors were no longer allowed to consider competition with other businesses as a reason for dismissing the application.
The market will sell a range of European produce, and is expected to be open between 9am and 6pm in the High Street with 30-40 stalls.
l How could the market be made to work for everyone's benefit? www.uxbridgegazette.co.uk/tellus.
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