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MARKET TRADER, MAY 10 - 23, 2019 Market is killing high street, councillor claims


Local media has reported that at a recent meeting of Holywell Town Council in Flintshire, plans were discussed regarding the future of the town’s traditional market, after a councillor claimed it was “killing off” the high street. Cllr Michael Brooke suggested that the market should be scrapped in support of local businesses, following claims from shop owners that closing the high street on market day was having a negative impact on other local trade. He said: “The market in Holywell has had its day.


Closing the high street off completely on a Thursday to cater for a butcher, a key cutter and a carpet stall is ridiculous. The market is killing off our high street slowly but surely. “I’m regularly on the high


street for the market day and I can tell you that the place is dead. It is time that we listened to the businesses that employ our people and let the idea of the market go.”


Holywell high street closes its one-way road access every Thursday to accommodate the visiting market stalls, but permanent


traders based on the main shopping strip claim the closure is damaging their businesses. Cllr Brook petitioned


local traders based in the town’s high street and Tower Gardens area for their views on the closure and how it was affecting trade, and he told the meeting that 52 stores had expressed a desire to have the market closed. At a town council meeting


in March, members were asked to consider a request from the local Business Group to take over the running of the market, but it transpired that this was not possible due to legal reasons regarding public liability insurance. Cllr Lynda Carter expressed her opinion that the town should not give up on its flagship market, and should instead look at ways to develop and improve the event to create a unique experience that would help attract people to Holywell. She said: “If we are marketing ourselves as Destination Holywell, we should really consider offering our market. We should look at ways to


make ourselves stand out and do something different to revitalise the market. “It would be a great


shame to lose it, as once it is gone we would struggle to justify bringing it back from nothing.” Cllr Barry Scragg agreed, suggesting that the council could work together with local organisations to help revitalise the market scene in the town.


Town mayor, Cllr Rosetta


Dolphin, raised the point that during upcoming high street roadworks it would be necessary to move the market to a new location for up to 16 weeks. She dismissed claims


that markets are no longer profitable, pointing out that the traders would not come to Holywell “if they were unable to make a living”. Cllr Brooke responded


by asking why more stalls were not coming to the area if there was a profit to be made. It was proposed that the


situation be investigated closer to the time of the high street roadworks, when the effect of the market’s absence could be monitored, and the possibility of its temporary home becoming a permanent one could be assessed.


When market stalls attack


A mother and her two daughters were left shocked after a freak gust of wind resulted in them being struck by an empty market stall in a Nottinghamshire town centre. The lady was making her


way through Retford market with a pushchair carrying her children when the bizarre incident took place on Saturday April 13. An elderly woman, along


with an elderly man riding a scooter, were also hit by the stall and left with bruising. Two off-duty nurses who were in the area provided


medical support for everyone involved, though no further treatment was required. Winds on the day were predicted to be around 15mph, with gusts up to 20mph during the period the market was open. Bassetlaw District Council


has subsequently opened an investigation into the cause of the incident in a bid to prevent anything similar from happening again. In a statement, a spokes- person said: “We’d like to apologise to everyone who was involved in Saturday’s incident in Retford when an


unexpected and strong gust of wind tipped over an empty market stall and struck a number of people. “Thankfully, no one


was seriously injured and everyone was able to carry on with their day. “We’d like to thank the two off-duty nurses who were quick to provide assistance and make sure that everyone was OK and that no medical attention was needed. “We’d also like to thank the members of the public and market traders who were very quick to react and provide help and assistance.”


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to the city has been identified, Visit Bath, which organises the market, wants to place 24 chalets and two food stalls along the city’s Milsom Street for 18 days this winter, and again in 2019, and only ambulances, police cars and fire engines will be allowed access. The move has been prompted by major renovation works, some of which are already underway, in Abbey Churchyard, Kingston Parade and around Bath Abbey, as well as York Street and Swallow Street, which mean some stallholders will be displaced. The planning application submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council states that: “Whilst the Christmas market will have an obvious visual impact on this part of Bath city centre, this will be temporary and, given its location at the heart of the city’s retail area, appropriate to the festive season. “Visit Bath is committed


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to planning and operating a high-quality event in the city which continues to be a market leader of British Christmas Markets and to maintain the benchmark for which others aim to aspire to. “By locating chalets in Milsom Street it will allow us to: • Further enhance visitor and resident experience


More protection for Christmas market


Bath’s Christmas market will this year employ “robust” defences to prevent extremists from using vehicles as weapons when the event expands to a new location. Although no specific threat


to the city has been identified, Visit Bath, which organises the market, wants to place 24 chalets and two food stalls along the city’s Milsom Street for 18 days this winter, and again in 2019, and only ambulances, police cars and fire engines will be allowed access. The move has been prompted by major renovation works, some of which are already underway, in Abbey Churchyard, Kingston Parade and around Bath Abbey, as well as York Street and Swallow Street, which mean some stallholders will be displaced. The planning application submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council states that: “Whilst the Christmas market will have an obvious visual impact on this part of Bath city centre, this will be temporary and, given its location at the heart of the city’s retail area, appropriate to the festive season. “Visit Bath is committed


to planning and operating a high-quality event in the city which continues to be a market leader of British Christmas Markets and to maintain the benchmark for which others aim to aspire to. “By locating chalets in Milsom Street it will allow us to: • Further enhance visitor and resident experience


of the event by extending the footprint and easing congestion;


• Support the Bath Abbey Footprint project;


• Support the Roman Baths Archway Project;


• Make way for essential road repairs;


• Further engage with the independent businesses throughout the city.”


Increased risk


The 2018 Bath Christmas Market will run from Thursday November 22 to Sunday December 9, and confirmation of the dates coincided with the publication of the results of a survey commissioned to assess the impact of last year’s festive market on the city’s economy The survey revealed an


estimated spend of £29.4m outside of the market itself, the largest amount ever seen in the event’s 17 year history, and a 40 percent increase on 2016. The survey also showed that


an estimated 409,000 people visited the market and an estimated £10.7m was spent within the market, supporting over 200 stallholders, 87 percent of which are from Bath and the South West. Charities in Bath also benefitted from the 2017 Christmas Market, with £12,000 being distributed to various local causes. With this success, however,


comes increased risk, one of the most deadly being the potential use of vehicles as weapons, a possibility made real when a truck was driven into a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016.


Part of the festive market in Bath (Photo: Bath Tourism) The Visit Bath plan states


that: “As one of the South West’s largest open public access events, Bath Christmas market will be establishing a robust vehicle access plan. “As the market footprint develops and expands into new areas of the city, considerations will be made to all areas of vulnerability. “It is recognized that a vehicle offers a convenient delivery mechanism for a large explosive device as well as the vehicle itself being used as a weapon.” Physical barriers will be put


in place, and a city-wide radio link will share intelligence about “anything which may pose as a potential threat or issue elsewhere in the city”. Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, Tim Warren, reiterated the message from last year when defences were installed, that there is “no known threat” to the city and the measures are purely precautionary.


Budding traders set out stalls in Stratford


Allowing time to set up


and then remove the chalets, Milsom Street will be closed to normal traffic from November 19 until December 10. The chalets wi l l be


positioned so the pavements, business doorways and window displays are clear, and there will be sufficient space for emergency vehicles to gain access. Stallholders will be required


to offer discounts at certain times to residents who have Discovery Cards, and they will be expected to decorate their chalets to a high standard. Visit Bath has said it will


work to “maintain a strong working relationship with local businesses and residents” throughout the event. When the application was submitted Visit Bath was due to consult with various local residents and retailers associations and the council’s highways team, and there will be further consultation with other key stakeholders,


as well as a series of drop-in events. As in previous years the


market will feature a variety of entertainment, including choirs, school groups, local theatrical schools, brass bands and other performances in keeping with the festive nature of the event. Visit Bath will also be


required to apply for premises licences and to submit street trading and event applications before the council can give the market the go ahead.


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of the event by extending the footprint and easing congestion;


• Support the Bath Abbey Footprint project;


• Support the Roman Baths Archway Project;


• Make way for essential road repairs;


• Further engage with the independent businesses throughout the city.”


Increased risk


The 2018 Bath Christmas Market will run from Thursday November 22 to Sunday December 9, and confirmation of the dates coincided with the publication of the results of a survey commissioned to assess the impact of last year’s festive market on the city’s economy The survey revealed an


estimated spend of £29.4m outside of the market itself, the largest amount ever seen in the event’s 17 year history, and a 40 percent increase on 2016. The survey also showed that


an estimated 409,000 people visited the market and an estimated £10.7m was spent within the market, supporting over 200 stallholders, 87 percent of which are from Bath and the South West. Charities in Bath also benefitted from the 2017 Christmas Market, with £12,000 being distributed to various local causes. With this success, however,


comes increased risk, one of the most deadly being the potential use of vehicles as weapons, a possibility made real when a truck was driven into a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016.


Part of the festive market in Bath (Photo: Bath Tourism) The Visit Bath plan states


that: “As one of the South West’s largest open public access events, Bath Christmas market will be establishing a robust vehicle access plan. “As the market footprint develops and expands into new areas of the city, considerations will be made to all areas of vulnerability. “It is recognized that a vehicle offers a convenient delivery mechanism for a large explosive device as well as the vehicle itself being used as a weapon.” Physical barriers will be put


in place, and a city-wide radio link will share intelligence about “anything which may pose as a potential threat or issue elsewhere in the city”. Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, Tim Warren, reiterated the message from last year when defences were installed, that there is “no known threat” to the city and the measures are purely precautionary.


Budding traders set out stalls in Stratford


Allowing time to set up


and then remove the chalets, Milsom Street will be closed to normal traffic from November 19 until December 10. The chalets wi l l be


positioned so the pavements, business doorways and window displays are clear, and there will be sufficient space for emergency vehicles to gain access. Stallholders will be required


to offer discounts at certain times to residents who have Discovery Cards, and they will be expected to decorate their chalets to a high standard. Visit Bath has said it will


work to “maintain a strong working relationship with local businesses and residents” throughout the event. When the application was submitted Visit Bath was due to consult with various local residents and retailers associations and the council’s highways team, and there will be further consultation with other key stakeholders,


as well as a series of drop-in events. As in previous years the


market will feature a variety of entertainment, including choirs, school groups, local theatrical schools, brass bands and other performances in keeping with the festive nature of the event. Visit Bath will also be


required to apply for premises licences and to submit street trading and event applications before the council can give the market the go ahead.


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