New site considered for town’s market

Newmarket Journal June 2013'The Market Square. ENGANL00120130619131518
Newmarket Journal June 2013'The Market Square. ENGANL00120130619131518

Plans are in the pipeline to move Newmarket’s market in a bid to improve it.

The planned move, from its current location on the market square to the paved area close to the entrance of The Guineas shopping centre would be on a trial basis and has yet to be approved by council leaders.

‘Newmarket market is punching way below it’s weight’ Cllr David Bowman

Stall holder and market spokesman, Andy Neal, who has been part of a Forest Heath Council group looking at the promotion and redevelopment of the market said traders had mixed views over the proposals.

“The thought behind it is that there would greater footfall in that area which would increase trade. The other side of the argument is that it would be pushing traders on to a smaller space which would restrict any future development of the market,” he said.

Cllr David Bowman, Forest Heath cabinet member for operations said: “A market should form the heart of a market town, and Newmarket market is punching way below its weight. We have worked with the traders to address that through a variety of means including special events which – while popular – have not secured an increased number of stall holders that the market so desperately needs.

“We believe that trialling a new location might be the way forward. We are pleased that the vast majority of traders support this idea, which has been developed with the Newmarket Market liaison group.

“We will now take these ideas to our cabinet and hope to be able to bring something forward for action later in the summer.”