Barking Market receives rejeneration funding

Barking Market is to be rejuvenated through a �1.9million high-street grant.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has vowed to inject the cash to improve the market in East Street, open a “healthy living” pavilion and help to get the Molten arts festival off the ground this year.

He said: “London is the motor of the UK economy and prosperous local high streets are the collective beating heart.

“2012 is set to be a great year in the capital and I am in no doubt that London will emerge strongly from the economic downturn.”

Barking Market manager John Walsh, 51, said: “We’ve run the market for about 10 years but there has been a market in Barking for hundreds of years. It’s fantastic.”

A total of �75million was pledged yesterday to improve high streets in the capital.

City Hall said the regeneration grant would be used to support a new, temporary health pavilion set to become a cultural hub and put on the annual Molten festival, which was staged at the end of last year.

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Funding agreements are expected to be signed in April and the regeneration projects are to run until March 2014.