Last night, plans to move three historic London food markets to Dagenham were green-lighted. Councillors approved The City of London of Corporation’s proposal to uproot Smithfield meat market, Billingsgate fish market and New Spitalfields fruit and flower markets to a large site by Dagenham Dock.
According to the Corporation, it is exploring plans to use the Thames to transport produce to and from the new markets. Barking and Dagenham’s planning committee also heard that £1.75million would be earmarked to create a hub of independent restaurants in Barking Town Centre. This will be stocked with fresh produce straight from the wholesalers.