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Markets and shops 

Shopping in Barking and Dagenham 

We run a lively market in Barking Town Centre in partnership with Charfleets Limited, a private company. It is held every week on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

This is a traditional east London general market, but with a difference. It reflects the multicultural society that Barking and Dagenham now has and has welcomed new traders. 

You can buy a wide variety of products, including clothing, household products, foods and hardware. 

So while other markets have struggled, this one has grown to full capacity. For many of our traders this is their first business. Several have been here since the new market opened in 2001. 

Additionally, however, we accept the need to welcome 'daily' traders who come here to experience trading in Barking. 

A good market has to accept that constant change is a feature of the business, so for customers there is always something new to see and to keep them interested.

  • There are special markets at Christmas time, and occasional French and other continental markets.
  • There is also a large Sunday Market in River Road. This market sells various products and is run exclusively by Charfleets.
  • Barking Town Centre Market takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

    East Street

    Opening hours:
    9am - 5pm

  • Dagenham Sunday Market takes place on Sundays only.

    Ex Barking Power Station
    IG11 0DU

    Opening hours:
    9am - 3pm

  • Around 700-800 years ago, the right to hold a market was a highly valued privilege granted by the monarch to nobles who enjoyed his favour. Where such markets were held, people travelled from miles around to buy and sell the essentials of everyday life. 

    A day at the market was just that! The journey to market took 1 third of the day, trading required another 1 third and the weary journey home used up the remaining 1 third of the day. A man was deemed to be able to travel 20 miles in a day and thus it was determined that markets must be at least 6 and 2 thirds miles apart. 

    The '6 and 2 thirds' miles rule still applies today, it is used as the basis for the protection of market rights. Barking in fact had a market in the middle ages and at various times over the years since, though it was included as a Market Town when a formal list was drawn up in the 1890s. 

    Towns grew up around the site of regular markets, which were usually held on 1 or 2 days each week, or on special feasts and festivals. Many of today's thriving communities owe their existence to the market in their midst. 

    Our present market, open weekly Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, is for general goods and was established in 1991. It was greatly expanded in 2001 and now occupies the whole Town Centre pedestrian area. 

    There are additional market days around the Christmas period and also French and other continental markets come here from time to time by invitation.

  • We cannot allow street trading other than from areas approved by us, in designated streets, where highway safety and the interests of neighbouring properties will not be reduced. For such sites a trader's licence must be obtained from the licensing team. 

    The construction of signs or stalls for the sale of goods within the highway, including grass verges, is illegal. However, licences may be granted for the sale of goods from the land on which it is grown. 

    Signs advertising such facilities must be clear of the highway and may require Planning Permission. Any unlicensed use of the highway for tables and chairs is an obstruction and may be dealt with by the police. 

    Unauthorised use of 'A' Boards, or any other form of obstruction may require specific authorisation from the Highways Authority and permission must be sought for these.

    The sale of vehicles (including caravans) on the public highway is strictly not allowed and the we will not issue a street trading licence for this purpose. 

    There are a number of conditions that need to be met before a licence can be granted for the placing of tables and chairs on a part of the highway, including pavements and pedestrianised areas. There may be Highways and Planning concerns. Details will be given to applicants as appropriate. 

    Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent may be required from us for the use of the land or building for a café. There is a fee for this and planning approval must have been granted before an application will be considered by the us.

  • It is now widely recognised that there is a link between design and crime and that careful attention to the planning of towns and to the design of estates and individual buildings can help reduce crime. 

    Government guidelines helps councils decide on how they can design and protect their town centres against crime. 

    Government policy
    Policy is set out in Circular 5/94 'Planning Out Crime', which states that planning proposals can help reduce crime, especially if they are considered as part of a planned method including a wide range of measures, including, for example, estate or town centre management and CCTV. 

    The Circular accepts that crime prevention is a 'material' planning concern which can legitimately be taken into account in preparing plans and deciding planning applications. 

    The circular suggests that if areas, such as town centres, are occupied after dark, the presence of people produces a form of informal control which reduces vandalism and crime. A mix of users, including housing and entertainment will ensure that the area does not become a deserted and therefore potentially threatening environment. 

    The regeneration of large housing estates should incorporate measures such as a variety of homes, the creation of smaller community areas, the supply of facilities for the young and proposals to create a more attractive environment, since it has been shown that packages of such measures are successful in reducing crime. 

    Detailed design measures can help reduce vandalism and crime. Attractive, well cared for environments are less prone to vandalism, but in some cases it is recognised that the need for crime prevention measures will have to be balanced against the design of a building. 

    Thus with landscaping it is important to avoid planting which can hide wrong doers close to footpaths, but the use of spiky bushes can help deter crime. 

    Footpaths should be straight, wide, well lit and well supervised by passers by and overlooking residents. Car parks should be well lit and supervised where possible. Shutters on shops may be necessary but should be attractively designed, for example with open grilles, to avoid 'dead' shopping frontages and graffiti. 

    Communication between the developer, the planning authority and the police can make sure that new developments have crime prevention measures built into their design. 

    Suggested guidelines
    It is suggested that the following guidelines be adopted and that they be used in the preparation of development briefs and in the control of development.


    • Crime prevention should be taken into account in the planning of all developments
    • The Police Architectural Liaison Officer should be consulted about major development proposals

    Town centres

    • A mix of uses - shop, food and drink and entertainment, and residential should be encouraged within centres to ensure the presence of people throughout day and night, whilst avoiding undue concentrations of uses such as pubs, which could give rise to public order problems
    • Security shutters, where necessary, should be of an open grille design, integrated into the design of the shopfront and should be painted to match. Special consideration should be given within Conservation Areas. They are not appropriate on Listed Buildings

    Housing estates

    • Larger estates should make provision for open spaces where children can play in safety but without disturbing residents
    • All public spaces - roads, footpaths and open spaces and play areas should be well lit and overlooked by homes. Footpaths to the rear of properties should be avoided where possible
    • Private spaces, such as rear gardens, should be clearly demarcated by high walls or fences
    • Landscaping should avoid creating hiding places close to footpaths and spiky bushes could be used to deter unwanted visitors

    Commercial development

    • Comments on landscaping as above
    • Security considerations should be integrated into the design process and consideration should be given to building design and security lighting as well as security fencing
    • Fences should be attractive and robust and chain link fences, concrete post and panel fences should be avoided in prominent locations
  • Ripple Road
    IG11 8DQ 

    Phone: 020 8270 7100

    Vicarage Field offers great shopping at the heart of Barking Town Centre. 55 retailers in an indoor shopping centre.

  • Heathway
    RM10 8RE 

    Phone: 020 8593 1035 

    32 retailers in an indoor shopping centre. 


Barking and Dagenham Direct

C/o Civic Centre


RM10 7BN


Phone: 020 8215 3000

Email: 3000direct@lbbd.gov.uk