A group of campaigners gathered outside Greenwich Market on Sunday to protest against proposals to redevelop the market.
Car drivers honked their horns in support and a crowd gathered to watch as demonstrators held their "Save Greenwich Market" banner aloft outside the College Approach entrance to the market.
The demonstration organiser, Cllr Maureen O'Mara, was joined by her fellow councillors for the Greenwich West ward, David Grant and Matthew Pennycook, and concerned local residents. Some stall holders and shop owners from inside the market also came out to lend their support.
Plans to redevelop the covered market and add a new boutique hotel were rejected by Greenwich Council last year but could still go ahead after owners, Greenwich Hospital Estate (GHE), appealed the decision.
Cllr Maureen O'Mara commented:
The market is under the threat of complete demolition. GHE want to put a hotel here and I've got arguments about that but my whole principle about this is that the market is a much loved part of london. It's one of London's jewels and people come here every weekend - they love it and enjoy it. I think what GHE wants to put in its place is just a homogenised view of London.
Edward Dolby from Greenwich Hospital told Greenwich.co.uk that if they do get planning permission, the redeveloped market would retain "essentially the same footprint and character" and that trading would be continuous throughout the redevelopment - expected to take almost two years - because the market would move to a temporary site in Monument Gardens. He added:
The hotel that features in our regeneration plans will be a welcome addition to the town centre and not a threat or competitor to the market - rather it should provide additional custom for our traders.
Campaigners are planning another demonstration to coincide with the start of the Planning Inspector's inquiry next month at Woolwich Town Hall.
Listen to Cllr Maureen O'Mara speaking to Greenwich.co.uk at Sunday's protest:
Listen to Cllr David Grant speaking to Greenwich.co.uk at Sunday's protest: