01895 639912 SERVING THE NATION’S TRADERS SINCE 1922 SEPTEMBER 14 - 27, 2018 No. 4935 70p Concerns over new market place plans

Traders in a Norfolk resort have spoken out about their concerns over the redevelopment of the market place there and how it might affect their businesses. There are plans to

modernise the histor ic market in the centre of Great Yarmouth as part of a new Town Centre Masterplan, the aim being to improve footfall and business in the area. Traders are being consulted

by design teams and council officers and there are no formal plans in place as of yet, but as part of the redevelopment it has emerged that stallholders could be forced to rent new units. But many traders are

opposed to the suggestion of moving the market further towards the town’s minster, and are also unhappy about the idea of giving up their current units. Stallholder Julie Alexander

said she was apprehensive about the possible impact of the redevelopment and the thought of it had already given her sleepless nights. “There are 32 stalls here

and we all have the same concerns,” she told local media. “I can’t afford to install new

stainless steel and it will be harder to sell the business, too, because it will be worth less without the stall. “It’s hard enough to make a

living at the moment and this could put us out of pocket.” Sophie Howlett, who runs

a long established flower stall which was started by her husband’s grandfather, added: “It does need updating and cleaning up and we know there are no plans so far,

but we are scared of things progressing too far. “Our units are assets and

they are designed for our individual needs. We don’t want to just get rid of them and start over with stalls that they say might be smaller and not fit enough stock. Some people still owe money on their units.” A petition has now been

handed in objecting to the plans. However, Great Yarmouth

Borough Counci l has attempted to allay the traders’ concerns, promising to work closely with the stallholders to get an idea of what they need. A counci l spokesman

told local media: “The redevelopment of the Market Place for the 21st century is a key project of the Town Centre Masterplan, which aims to boost this central area as a place where more people

Great Yarmouth market place looks set to get a makeover (Photo: Bob Crook) “Through redeveloping

choose to live, work, visit and invest. “At this stage, there are

no formal plans: the design team and council officers are engaging wi th the market traders and others around initial design ideas, and working to ensure the redevelopment is managed sympathetically to ensure traders have the option to continue trading during the works. “The core value of the

market traders’ businesses is not in their units but in their customer base and in themselves as individuals and in their families, which can be transferred to the brand new units. “We would work wi th

market traders to seek to accommodate thei r equipment within the brand new units.

the Market Place, this would add to the value of their businesses and help ensure they are viable into the future. “As with the model used

at markets around the country, future stalls would be rented to traders, so the overall look and feel of the redevelopment could be easily maintained into the future. “However, there would

be important flexibility and individual choice around stalls, with traders able to choose from a range of options around fit-out to meet their needs, and from a colour palette to meet their preferences. “The move from owned to

rented units would not affect business security, as the traders already have lease agreements with the council

Street markets set to continue

Successful street food markets in an Essex town will return in 2019, it has been announced. The monthly markets in

Braintree were launched by the town council earlier this year in a bid to boost the

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town’s traditional Saturday market offering. The markets have proved

popular with residents, and now Braintree Council has announced that the events will continue next year. Rob Ely, the head of Braintree Town Partnership, described the markets as absolutely key to the town’s future success. The councillor responsible for economic development,

Tom Cunningham, said the markets put Braintree back on the map. He told local media: “Back

in June 2017 we met with Rob and other businesses in the town and asked them to work together to tackle the issues that are affecting every high street in market towns like ours. “From that meet ing I

remember overwhelmingly that the message back was,

‘let’s celebrate our market heritage’. “Since then the council

introduced the street markets which have been a great success in creating a buzz and bringing people into town. “It also encourages them

to stay in town longer and socialise with friends – this all increases the footfall for businesses and, importantly, it gets Braintree back on the map.”

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for being in the Market Place. “Once the final design is

agreed, we will be talking to each individual trader about their own circumstances and aspirations around how they wish to proceed. “We would hope that all

traders would want to be part of the redeveloped market, adding value to their business.”

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