It’s a market town

Improve the outdoor market appearance and provide protection from the elements for traders so increasing comfort to the public and traders.

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7 comments on “It’s a market town

  1. This may be a crazy idea, but since the bus stops and busy road are right next to the stalls, wouldn’t it make more sense to designate the area that now host the market stalls to parking spaces, (accessible from the right so it doesn’t block the bus routes or obstructs traffic). The stalls could then take a more central and sheltered place in the square that is currently used as car park. There will be more space for the elderly and locals to sit around, the main entrance to the indoor hall could be what is now the side entrance. Some people might feel too sentimental about this, but if it’s done properly and looks great, it’ll just be a matter of getting used to a new (and in my opinion much more efficient) layout of the town centre

  2. The open market is really not user-friendly (even though it’s not long since it was redeveloped). It is dark, cold, stark and adds nothing to the ambience of this important asset – in fact it could be contributing to its decline. It is also not in keeping with the character of the indoor market and surrounding buildings. Redeveloping the open market should be considered alongside any plans to redevelop Pollination Street and adjacent land. Incorporating some green space, providing more shelter from wind, more light and more character should all be factored in to a new design.

  3. I agree that we should improve the outside market. I think there should be a covered way from outside to inside.

  4. Provide weather cover to the open sections (not to many sq/m) but cover the areas and existing in solar panels and use the energy generation to power the entire market area and save on the energy bill, perhaps then pride power free of charge to all the market stall holders and any remaining energy sold back to the grid or stored if possible. Maybe provide charging points for mobility scooters, mobile phones etc.

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