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article imageThe future of Camden Market

By Alexander Baron     Nov 26, 2013 in Environment
Camden Town - Over the past forty and more years, Camden Market has developed into a major trading and tourist centre. Campaigners claim that is now under threat.
Camden Town may have been home to Amy Winehouse and a long time before her Charles Dickens, but it is probably most famous for its market. There is actually more than one market at Camden, from its origins as a Sunday market back in the 1970s it has grown organically until it has all but taken over the entire area. You can find more information about the market and the kind of merchandise you will find there on the Camden Lock website.
Hiring a stall on a market is often difficult, but Camden is casual pitcher friendly, including for niche craft workers like Steph Taylor.
With its rapid expansion even in times of austerity, what could threaten the future of Camden Market? How about HS2? This project is currently estimated to cost over £40 billion. The Government set up a dedicated website to explains its pros and its pros some time ago. There appears to be a consensus that this proposed high speed train line is controversial, and that is as far as it goes. Further massive documentation on HS2 was released only yesterday.
If HS2 goes ahead, it will require the compulsory acquisition of much land, which will obviously upset many people. Because of its close proximity to the proposed terminal, trains will not be running through Camden at up to 250mph, but if it does go ahead, there will be considerable disruption to the area. One study has predicted the loss of over 9,000 jobs in total.
Local opposition to HS2 has been fierce, and the Government's projections about the benefits of the project have been compared unfavourably with the claims made about Saddam Hussein's mythical weapons of mass destruction.
Predicting the future is always tricky, even if your name is not Sylvia Browne, but it is clear that whatever the benefits of HS2, it will change Camden forever. The big unanswered question is not how much, but if anything of its markets will survive if no fewer than seven bridges are demolished in the area, and if ten years and more of construction work cramps its style.
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