WALTHAM FOREST COUNCIL SHOULD DO MORE TO GET COMPENSATION FOR LEYTON TRADERS – COUNCILLOR BOB SULLIVAN
On 27 July 2012, in a press release on the Council’s website, Portfolio Holder Cllr. Mark Rusling described Leyton Marketas ‘“a great opportunity for Waltham Forest to celebrate the Olympics”’, and claimed:
‘We have worked with the whole community – including local retailers – to get their support for this unique project.’
The final sentence of the press release was unequivocal:
‘Waltham Forest Council created the new food market through an innovative partnership with North London Business and Skateco UK’.
Three days later, Waltham Forest News made the same point:
‘Waltham Forest Council created the market to help local businesses capitalise on the extra visitors that will be flocking to the borough during the Games’ (WF News issue 71, 30 July 2012, p.7).
Leyton Councillor Bob Sullivan said:
“The Chief Executive of North London Business has already resigned over this, so traders are right to expect some compensation.”
“Cllr Rusling was eager to take credit for the market before the Olympics and he and this Labour council must now take their share of the blame.
“Clearly at some point in this saga one part of the council didn’t know what another part was doing.
“I asked the council weeks ago whether they will be giving out compensation to the traders and they have refused, putting the blame squarely with North London Business.”
“As a board member of North London Business, Cllr Akram is also in a unique position to influence this decision. I think most local residents would expect him and Cllr Rusling to be considering their respective positions.”
“At the very least councillors and Cabinet members should be putting pressure on North London Business and Skateco UK Ltd to reimburse some or all of the money to the traders who were sold promises of customers that never arrived.”