lbdnews: Traders at one of the borough’s most popular markets fear they could go out of business as Newham Council prepares to increase their rent by as much as 50 per cent.
A number of stallholders at Queen’s Market, in Green Street, Upton Park, have received notification that the rent on their kiosks is to go up.
Mohammed Kalam, who has been selling Bangladeshi fish and vegetables for five years, says he has been threatened with eviction if he cannot pay the increased amount.
“I pay £6,000. They have asked me for over £9,500 and then have said they will throw me out if somebody offers more.
“That’s over 50pc increase in rent and we think this is unfair.”
Mr Kalam, who lives in Ferrier Point, Canning Town, added: “I have seen no improvements to my kiosks from the council in the last five years.
“I’ve paid my rent on time and this increase is hitting us small traders most.”
But a council spokeswoman