Redevelop the Market Place

Do away with the existing market, the uneven paving stones and the cobbles. Repave the whole area; plant trees; install seating and a water feature. Encourage the restaurants and cafes to have outdoor seating and use the space created for cultural activities eg historical re-enactments, music, performances, the annual morris dancing festival etc. Re-purpose the Marks & Spencer building, owned by the council, as an indoor market along continental lines, open six days a week. Move all the fresh foods and flower stalls in there at the same rent as they pay for their current stalls. If stall holders don’t want to attend six days a week, they could share stalls, three days each, and no longer would they and shoppers be at the mercy of the weather. The remaining clothes, bags, bric-a-brac and antiques stalls should be accommodated in the Buttermarket at subsidised rents if necessary. The town centre needs to be cleaner, livelier and more inviting to walk round.

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