We want street food quarter

Essex County Standard: Sue Forbes, of the Free Ranger, based in Culver Street West. Sue Forbes, of the Free Ranger, based in Culver Street West.

MARKET traders want a “street food quarter” in Colchester.

Stalls selling food in the town centre are not grouped together and do not have permission to have tables and chairs.

Street food chefs want Colchester Council, which designates pitches, to turn Culver Street West into a food quarter.

Ken Flatt, who runs a curry stall, said: “I’ve been here for six years. We’ve been on our own for a long time.

“It would be better for all the food stalls to be together.

“The key is to have variety – having three burger stalls in a rowwould be bad for business.”

Mr Flatt wants the council to allow stallholders to put out a small number of tables and chairs for customers.

Sue and Alex Forbes, who run the Free Ranger, a specialist burger and hot dog stand, said: “The council should have us all together.

“It makes such a difference – you just have to look at how it’s done in London.

“If you had half a dozen stalls here in their own gazebos, it would start to turn into a real food area.

“Add some seating into that and I think we’d be going in the right direction.”

Sarah James and Nick Tolhurst’s stall, Bellota, is new to Colchester.

The pair travel to food festivals around the country, as well as to “food streets” in London.

Miss James said: “Food streets would work here.

“It would mean extra competition, but at least we would know everyone in the area would be looking to eat.

“It works in London – there’s no reason why it couldn’t work here.”

Holly Cork, who runs Traditional Pie and Mash, said: “It would be a good thing for us.

“It would appeal to people more if there was a type of food quarter.

“They would know where to go and if there were more stalls in one place, there would be more footfall and it would definitely create an atmosphere.”

A Colchester Council spokesman said: “Residents and visitors will have seen a growth in the number of food stalls in Colchester market and Colchester Council is keen to support customer demand.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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2:11pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

Its far too good an idea that the council will reject it completely
Its far too good an idea that the council will reject it completely Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: 19

2:25pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Scoot says...

No doubt someone will moan that its next to a listed building or ruining their view or the smell is disgusting or the noise will be too great etc etc.
BUT
What a fantastic idea, good Luck !
No doubt someone will moan that its next to a listed building or ruining their view or the smell is disgusting or the noise will be too great etc etc. BUT What a fantastic idea, good Luck ! Scoot
  • Score: 14

2:26pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Scoot says...

Whoops, forgot to add, maybe Tendring Council will object....
Whoops, forgot to add, maybe Tendring Council will object.... Scoot
  • Score: 2

3:37pm Tue 25 Feb 14

zt00013 says...

Shouldn't even be a question and is absurdly easy to get going. Stop F----ing about and get it done.
Shouldn't even be a question and is absurdly easy to get going. Stop F----ing about and get it done. zt00013
  • Score: 10

3:42pm Tue 25 Feb 14

romantic says...

Oh dear, these people have got too much sense, they will have to be closed down immediately.
Oh dear, these people have got too much sense, they will have to be closed down immediately. romantic
  • Score: 8

5:07pm Tue 25 Feb 14

25414nora says...

I really like this Idea, I can appreciate Colchester council will need to examine all the pro's and con's, ie:- how the present food outlets will react to the extra competition, security presence, street cleaning etc.
Culver st.. Long & short wire St and the immediate area, would be ideal,
80% of Our town already boasts a Traffic free zone, .
Maybe we can make a start by introducing a Sunday food market, we can have our very own 'Brick Lane' food market, .just like London.
With this new venture, I'm sure Colchester will attract visitors from far and wide. 'Bring it on..
I really like this Idea, I can appreciate Colchester council will need to examine all the pro's and con's, ie:- how the present food outlets will react to the extra competition, security presence, street cleaning etc. Culver st.. Long & short wire St and the immediate area, would be ideal, 80% of Our town already boasts a Traffic free zone, . Maybe we can make a start by introducing a Sunday food market, we can have our very own 'Brick Lane' food market, .just like London. With this new venture, I'm sure Colchester will attract visitors from far and wide. 'Bring it on.. 25414nora
  • Score: 11

6:51pm Tue 25 Feb 14

angryman!!! says...

Great idea and as mentioned little work needed to push it through would be ideal for spring summer, go on council price us wrong for once !
Great idea and as mentioned little work needed to push it through would be ideal for spring summer, go on council price us wrong for once ! angryman!!!
  • Score: 4

8:38pm Tue 25 Feb 14

meadowlady says...

OK....if everyone has clean hands......
OK....if everyone has clean hands...... meadowlady
  • Score: 1

2:28am Wed 26 Feb 14

Boris says...

A hawker centre like they have in Singapore would be a good idea. Same thing, but with the stalls all grouped round a central area with tables and chairs. And if that was a success, set up another one, maybe next to Jumbo.
A hawker centre like they have in Singapore would be a good idea. Same thing, but with the stalls all grouped round a central area with tables and chairs. And if that was a success, set up another one, maybe next to Jumbo. Boris
  • Score: 2

7:22am Wed 26 Feb 14

mirokou says...

So popular CBC will say "np"… Look forward to it, but it is location location location and variety variety variety. Perhaps not always in the same place, this could make it a little more appealing , but really make an effort don't just put up stalls , this has so much potential and i can see would be hugely popular
So popular CBC will say "np"… Look forward to it, but it is location location location and variety variety variety. Perhaps not always in the same place, this could make it a little more appealing , but really make an effort don't just put up stalls , this has so much potential and i can see would be hugely popular mirokou
  • Score: 2

7:59am Wed 26 Feb 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Mmmmm Huffer Burger..............
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Mmmmm Huffer Burger.............. . Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 3

8:11am Wed 26 Feb 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Scoot wrote:
Whoops, forgot to add, maybe Tendring Council will object....
Or Bob Russell - who objected to KFC in Tendering district!
[quote][p][bold]Scoot[/bold] wrote: Whoops, forgot to add, maybe Tendring Council will object....[/p][/quote]Or Bob Russell - who objected to KFC in Tendering district! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 3

8:19am Wed 26 Feb 14

jammin says...

Great idea.

Theres a guy who sells bacon and egg rolls with a cup of tea for £2.50 on Saturdays near the old JJB. Excellent grub, well priced and using local produce!
Great idea. Theres a guy who sells bacon and egg rolls with a cup of tea for £2.50 on Saturdays near the old JJB. Excellent grub, well priced and using local produce! jammin
  • Score: 2

9:09am Wed 26 Feb 14

Citizen 139 says...

Something is wrong with me, I've agreed with every comment above!
Something is wrong with me, I've agreed with every comment above! Citizen 139
  • Score: 6

11:19am Wed 26 Feb 14

checkifstolen says...

the council should start filling shops in the town before deciding to have an area full of take away style food hasnt colchester got enough of them already without having more burger bars colchester will be known as a fatty town and people wont want to visit
the council should start filling shops in the town before deciding to have an area full of take away style food hasnt colchester got enough of them already without having more burger bars colchester will be known as a fatty town and people wont want to visit checkifstolen
  • Score: -11

12:06pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Catchedicam says...

checkifstolen wrote:
the council should start filling shops in the town before deciding to have an area full of take away style food hasnt colchester got enough of them already without having more burger bars colchester will be known as a fatty town and people wont want to visit
How do the Council actually 'fill' shops in the town centre, when they don't own them? Are you suggesting compulsory purchase? If so where is the money coming from?
[quote][p][bold]checkifstolen[/bold] wrote: the council should start filling shops in the town before deciding to have an area full of take away style food hasnt colchester got enough of them already without having more burger bars colchester will be known as a fatty town and people wont want to visit[/p][/quote]How do the Council actually 'fill' shops in the town centre, when they don't own them? Are you suggesting compulsory purchase? If so where is the money coming from? Catchedicam
  • Score: 1

12:28pm Wed 26 Feb 14

topaz58 says...

checkifstolen wrote:
the council should start filling shops in the town before deciding to have an area full of take away style food hasnt colchester got enough of them already without having more burger bars colchester will be known as a fatty town and people wont want to visit
Maybe you should read this article, street food doesn't have to be burgers and hot dogs
http://www.theguardi
an.com/travel/2012/a
pr/24/top-10-london-
street-food-stalls
[quote][p][bold]checkifstolen[/bold] wrote: the council should start filling shops in the town before deciding to have an area full of take away style food hasnt colchester got enough of them already without having more burger bars colchester will be known as a fatty town and people wont want to visit[/p][/quote]Maybe you should read this article, street food doesn't have to be burgers and hot dogs http://www.theguardi an.com/travel/2012/a pr/24/top-10-london- street-food-stalls topaz58
  • Score: 4

3:09pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Sounds good to me. Can just imagine the aromas already. But it won't happen because it will congest the streets too much. But people like congestion don't they? Isn't it part of the human instinct to crowd together? Others have suggested putting the idea in place at the St Botolphs Quarter or under Jumbo. The trouble is people wouldn't go there as it needs to be where the hustle and bustle. Great idea though. Hope it happens.
Sounds good to me. Can just imagine the aromas already. But it won't happen because it will congest the streets too much. But people like congestion don't they? Isn't it part of the human instinct to crowd together? Others have suggested putting the idea in place at the St Botolphs Quarter or under Jumbo. The trouble is people wouldn't go there as it needs to be where the hustle and bustle. Great idea though. Hope it happens. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -1

3:20pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Shambolic says...

Great idea, let's hope it happens!
Great idea, let's hope it happens! Shambolic
  • Score: 1

7:51pm Thu 27 Feb 14

lm1234 says...

Is the area opposite boots viable? It's such a wasted space until the occasional event happens. Also it's right near Chicago's which serves good food, just it's not quite in the right area for people looking to eat. I'd love to see a food quarter, might actually give Colchester a sense of culture - god knows CBC have been obsessed with the idea and failed at every turn.
Is the area opposite boots viable? It's such a wasted space until the occasional event happens. Also it's right near Chicago's which serves good food, just it's not quite in the right area for people looking to eat. I'd love to see a food quarter, might actually give Colchester a sense of culture - god knows CBC have been obsessed with the idea and failed at every turn. lm1234
  • Score: -1

12:02am Fri 28 Feb 14

Assimilation says...

But have we not got a food quarter already ? In fact we have four surrounding the town, High St, Queen and St Botolphs St, Osbourn and St Johns St and Head St all jammed full of eating / drinking holes plus all the ones inside the four quarters. But what the heck, lets have more.
An even better idea would be to put the market back in the High Street with the food stalls in-between the market stalls. Bring some life back into the High Street. There is plenty of room in the lay-by`s along the full length of the south side of the Street.
We had it before, we could have it again.
But have we not got a food quarter already ? In fact we have four surrounding the town, High St, Queen and St Botolphs St, Osbourn and St Johns St and Head St all jammed full of eating / drinking holes plus all the ones inside the four quarters. But what the heck, lets have more. An even better idea would be to put the market back in the High Street with the food stalls in-between the market stalls. Bring some life back into the High Street. There is plenty of room in the lay-by`s along the full length of the south side of the Street. We had it before, we could have it again. Assimilation
  • Score: 0

11:14pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Boris says...

Assimilation wrote:
But have we not got a food quarter already ? In fact we have four surrounding the town, High St, Queen and St Botolphs St, Osbourn and St Johns St and Head St all jammed full of eating / drinking holes plus all the ones inside the four quarters. But what the heck, lets have more.
An even better idea would be to put the market back in the High Street with the food stalls in-between the market stalls. Bring some life back into the High Street. There is plenty of room in the lay-by`s along the full length of the south side of the Street.
We had it before, we could have it again.
What is needed is stalls in the open air and with cheaper prices than the ones you mention. Excellent idea to move the market stalls back to the High Street where they belong, and to have lots of food stalls among them.
[quote][p][bold]Assimilation[/bold] wrote: But have we not got a food quarter already ? In fact we have four surrounding the town, High St, Queen and St Botolphs St, Osbourn and St Johns St and Head St all jammed full of eating / drinking holes plus all the ones inside the four quarters. But what the heck, lets have more. An even better idea would be to put the market back in the High Street with the food stalls in-between the market stalls. Bring some life back into the High Street. There is plenty of room in the lay-by`s along the full length of the south side of the Street. We had it before, we could have it again.[/p][/quote]What is needed is stalls in the open air and with cheaper prices than the ones you mention. Excellent idea to move the market stalls back to the High Street where they belong, and to have lots of food stalls among them. Boris
  • Score: 0

11:17pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Boris says...

lm1234 wrote:
Is the area opposite boots viable? It's such a wasted space until the occasional event happens. Also it's right near Chicago's which serves good food, just it's not quite in the right area for people looking to eat. I'd love to see a food quarter, might actually give Colchester a sense of culture - god knows CBC have been obsessed with the idea and failed at every turn.
There was a couple selling tasty German snacks from a stall right there during the Xmas and New Year period. There would surely be room for more.
[quote][p][bold]lm1234[/bold] wrote: Is the area opposite boots viable? It's such a wasted space until the occasional event happens. Also it's right near Chicago's which serves good food, just it's not quite in the right area for people looking to eat. I'd love to see a food quarter, might actually give Colchester a sense of culture - god knows CBC have been obsessed with the idea and failed at every turn.[/p][/quote]There was a couple selling tasty German snacks from a stall right there during the Xmas and New Year period. There would surely be room for more. Boris
  • Score: 0

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