Beale’s is about to be empty. That’s a huge retail space. I’d convert that into an indoor market which would be used by existing market traders, along with other small businesses while they’re starting out and are unable to afford the higher town centre business rates. They can work on their reputation and build up their business with a view to moving into permanent premises once they have enough money. It would mean a market environment all year around, whatever the weather.
I’d then convert the existing marketplace into a green space, with seating for the businesses surrounding the market, a small play area for children, some sort of bandstand and an area for existing food stalls. Create a multi-purpose outdoor space that can both look attractive and hold events throughout the year.
Sorry for the essay…!
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