Please Save Shepherd's Bush Market

by The Shepherd's Bush Market Tenants' Association (SBMTA)

Please Save Shepherd's Bush Market

by The Shepherd's Bush Market Tenants' Association (SBMTA)
The Shepherd's Bush Market Tenants' Association (SBMTA)
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Help and defend the Shepherd's Bush Market businesses to implement legal action to ensure the landlord of Shepherd's Bush Market abides and complies with the leases and agreements.
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Latest: Oct. 11, 2019

Developer Seeks Partnership With Council To Relocate Market Traders

https://www.change.org/p/save-the-shepherds-bush-market-businesses/u/25173801

 

It is no secret that since Transport for London passed over the stewardship of Shepherd’s Bush Market to prope…

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Shepherd's Bush Market is under threat. Please help to defend and save the small independent businesses against the onslaught of developers by contributing now and most importantly sharing with your friends family and on social media. 

We were recently on London Live discussing our campaign. You can watch the video here

Case Background


Shepherd’s Bush Market has been open for business since 1914. 

The traders formed the Shepherd’s Bush Market Tenants’ Association (SBMTA) during the 1950’s and currently represents more than 90% of the tenants. The SBMTA represent their members' interests and seek to ensure that the market is appropriately maintained and improved to promote an enjoyable experience for every customer and trader.

The former landlord of Shepherd’s Bush Market (Transport for London) sold their interest in the 100 year old market in 2014 to developers, who have sought to displace and disrupt the businesses of Shepherd’s Bush Market to develop the market land into a high end residential block of flats. 

With your help, the traders in 2016, were able to legally and successfully challenge the decision to allow the development to go ahead in the Court Of Appeal, and not only did the market businesses survive the developer's attempts to impair the market, but some of the traders and tenants have been able to keep their businesses open to the public.

Unfortunately, the developers now known as U+I Group Plc. have continued their campaign against the market businesses via other means.

The developers have persistently breached the traders’ lease terms and agreements, they have over charged the traders on service charges, and they have opened a neighbouring retail area which is believed to compromise the Shepherd’s Bush Market services, facilities and security, that are financially borne by the tenants of Shepherd’s Bush Market. 

The SBMTA has appointed solicitors and are ready to progress matters to protect the traders from the landlord’s campaign to drain the market businesses. 

Our solicitors have given their advice that we should proceed to ensure that the tenants are paid back what they have been overcharged by the U+I Group Plc. and to ensure that the landlord abides and complies with the established leases and agreements.

It is time that the wrongs caused to the market businesses are now made right.

 

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With your help, the funds raised, will be used to implement legal action to bring the landlord to justice. By contributing what you can via our legal crowd justice website you will help to defend and protect the unique and long-standing businesses of Shepherd’s Bush Market. 


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Update 2

The Shepherd's Bush Market Tenants' Association (SBMTA)

Oct. 11, 2019

Developer Seeks Partnership With Council To Relocate Market Traders

https://www.change.org/p/save-the-shepherds-bush-market-businesses/u/25173801

 

It is no secret that since Transport for London passed over the stewardship of Shepherd’s Bush Market to property developers in February 2014 there has been a shroud of uncertainty brought upon the livelihoods of the Shepherd’s Bush Market traders.


The developer’s initial intention to build 200+ luxury apartments on top of Shepherd’s Bush Market land and severely damage and disrupt all of the market businesses was thankfully prevented by the Shepherd’s Bush Market Tenants’ Association’s legal win in the Court of Appeal.


Court of Appeal Ruling on 18th March 2016: https://www.dropbox.com/s/gu67tnbfpm0bev0/Horada v SSCLG Ruling 18.03.2016.pdf?dl=0

Court of Appeal Ruling on 22nd July 2016: https://www.dropbox.com/s/eiyk0ix4k6u3zuf/Horada%20v%20SSCLG%20Ruling%20 22.07.2016.pdf?dl=0


However the property developer’s setback in 2016 due to the judgement of The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Justice Longmore and Lord Justice Lewison, has not diminished the developer’s pursuit to capitalize on the value of Shepherd’s Bush Market land.


The developer’s actions have revealed their ambitions to substitute the market businesses for non-retail market tenancies, and segregate sections of land from the Shepherd’s Bush Market traders and offer the market land to neighbouring landowners.


The developer’s actions have brought a considerable fall in trade, compromised the market’s services and facilities, breached the tenants’ leases and sought various ways in bringing duress to the long-standing and culturally diverse market businesses.


The Hammersmith & Fulham Council are aware of how the traders of Shepherd’s Bush Market have suffered terribly over the past five years, and subsequently the news that the Council is now considering partnering with the developer, bringing further uncertainty to the market community is viewed as shocking.


On the 12th June 2019, the property developer called an impromptu meeting whereby attending Hammersmith & Fulham Council officers stated that the Council holds ambitions to build a development neighbouring to Shepherd’s Bush Market.

The Council officers assured the market traders that Shepherd’s Bush Market would not be part of the development.


On the 21st June, Hammersmith & Fulham Council published a report relating to a proposal for a residential and commercial development and claiming that Shepherd’s Bush Market land would in fact be required for the development.


A proportion of the Council’s report has not been released due to the apparent claim that the exemption of this information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

All in all the information offered to the public is limited. However the report does state that it seeks 1.3 million pounds of taxpayers’ money for professional fees and project management costs. The report states that the Council will pay U+I Group Plc. for Development Management services once the Development Management Agreement has been signed. And the report discloses that the development will require U+I Group Plc. to move 20 market premises, which will subsequently affect 15 market businesses.


On 1st July 2019, the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Cabinet passed the report.


The swift passing of this report has angered the Shepherd’s Bush Market community, as the uncertainty that this report brings to the traders’ businesses is not welcomed.


On 7th August 2019 the Shepherd’s Bush Market Tenants’ Association (SBMTA) invited the Hammersmith & Fulham Council representatives to meet and explain the intentions for Shepherd’s Bush Market. Little was revealed except for that the proposal to remove the market businesses for the development is to acquire both temporary and permanent access to Shepherd’s Bush Market land for the neighbouring lands.

It is viewed to be most strange that despite the Council’s report being specific about the removal of 20 market premises affecting 15 market businesses, the Hammersmith & Fulham Council are still unable to state the location of these 20 market premises.


The Hammersmith & Fulham Council has confirmed that the idea of the removal of 20 market premises has originated from the developer U+I Group Plc.


The market community are baffled as to how the Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s report has entertained proposals to remove market businesses that may result in significant disruption and disturbance to the whole of the market, bringing compromise to the security of the market businesses, along with detriment to the Shepherd’s Bush Market services and facilities. Of course, the potential noise and air pollution should not be overlooked as this may affect residents, traders and visitors, young and old.


The market traders are distraught and with just cause. If this development is allowed then it is highly unlikely that Hammersmith & Fulham Council will be able to adequately compensate, protect and safeguard all of the traders and their businesses from the repercussions that this development may bring.


The market community is shocked as to why the Council’s report is clumsily considering these proposals, which may bring havoc and disorder to the Shepherd’s Bush Market businesses in light of the struggles over previous years.


It is understood that the Hammersmith & Fulham Council & U+I Group Plc.’s development seeks greater access to the neighbouring lands (known as the Old Laundry Site Area and the St Mungo’s Broadway Centre) however this could all be achieved by seeking access via Pennard Road, the Bush Theatre, or the developer’s other landholdings on St Mungo’s Broadway Centre area and Goldhawk Road.


The hastiness and ambiguity surrounding the Council’s report has raised concern yet the fear of Hammersmith & Fulham Council partnering with a developer who is felt to have bought so much duress to so many market traders brings even greater anxiety as Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s future impartiality may be questioned.


For more news on the Shepherd's Bush Market businesses: -

https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/shepherds-bush-market-luxury-flats-16704491


Update 1

The Shepherd's Bush Market Tenants' Association (SBMTA)

July 26, 2019

Thank you for helping us fight for what is right and just!

Dear supporters of Shepherd’s Bush Market,

The Shepherd’s Bush Market’s traders thank you so much for making donations to our Crowdjustice campaign in seeking justice for the small market businesses of Shepherd’s Bush Market.

With the assistance from our solicitors - Seddons LLP, the traders have been able to encourage the developer and landlord – Orion Shepherd’s Bush Market Ltd. / U+I Group Plc. to engage in addressing why the developer has breached the Lease and Service Charge agreements.

The actions of the developer have caused great distress and detriment to the market traders, however your support makes a difference.

Thank you!

If you wish to offer further support then please sign our change.org save the Shepherd’s bush Market Businesses Petition.

https://www.change.org/p/save-the-shepherds-bush-market-businesses

Thank you for helping us fight for what is right and just.


Many thanks,

The Shepherd’s Bush Market Tenants’ Association

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