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SERVING THE NATION’S TRADERS SINCE 1922 www.market-trader.co.uk MAY 11 - 24, 2018 Proposals for new-look market place A view of the proposed new-look Market Place in Wisbech (Image: Peter Humphrey Associates)


A Cambridgeshire market town’s local authority is aiming to crack down on illegal and poor parking with a ‘car-free, continental redesign’ of its Market Place. To resolve the persistent parking problem and make the area safer and more attractive, Wisbech Town Council wants to pedestrianise the majority of the Market Place, banning all vehicles between designated times.


Though the proposals have


yet to be costed, Wisbech Council’s 2018 town survey states that: “Cars will be completely removed from the Market Place, including those of market traders (who will benefit from arranged parking elsewhere). “Although the High Street


/ Hill Street route will not be part of the pedestrianisation, bollards will be installed to prevent pavement and poor parking. “The only parking allowed


there will be disabled parking, but there will be no reduction of the number of bays available for disabled use.” The council’s vision – as described on its website – is to use “beautiful wrought metal gates to bar entry completely between 10am and 4pm” (though these times will be subject to public consultation). Having been asked about


the cost during a Q&A session on social media, Wisbech Town Council leader Sam


ISSN 2057–6781 Wisbech’s traditional open market


Hoy said: “We won’t have the budget for this and don’t want to raise tax, so we will use some Section 106 money we have from developers, and then would have to borrow, which we can do at a low interest rate. “This is a concept. If people


like the concept then we can go further. If people don’t like it we go back to the drawing board.


“There are plenty of options available, but it would be useful to know what people actually want first.” Town councillor Andrew


Lynn added: “We are putting this out for the people of Wisbech to put their views across before we spend their money. “We have put in a hell of a lot of work to make Wisbech


Market Place a much better place to be, trying to accommodate everything we are told by Wisbech people that they would like to see. “We will even be in the


Market Place giving the people who are there a chance to share their opinions.” As well as banning cars


the council is proposing a number of improvements to the area of the Market Place, including a complete redesign of the layout. Compiled by town councillors over the last six months, the authority’s ‘vision’ states: “We wanted to introduce an open, light and enjoyable atmosphere to the area and we propose to do this in a number of ways: generous planters positioned around the market


surrounding stylised seating, delightful water features and a redesign of the layout to give an airy and continental feel that can be enjoyed by shoppers and pedestrians. “We will also add a Tidal


Clock, as a nod to our town’s historic nautical links and to the plans of designers years ago. This will be an attractive feature. “At one end of the Market


Place we hope to introduce a small Children’s Play Area, nothing too grand, but fun for the youngsters and a chance for a break for busy parents with children in tow. “The statement piece of


our proposed redesign is a high canopy which will cover nearly half of the Market Place. This will create a covered market where stall holders can


trade without concern for bad weather, more comfortable and convenient for shoppers using their services.” The plans, which are based


on the results of earlier public consultation, are supported by the Wisbech Society, the chamber of commerce and the trustees of the Wisbech Museum. Local people were given


until April 30 to have their say on the town council’s proposals.


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