Plans for a Sunday market in
Coventry have been switched to the Precinct, but market traders say
they will still fight the move.
The City Centre Company
originally hoped to run a market in Bond Street following a successful
experiment before Christmas.
But elderly residents living
in Bond’s Hospital objected because the traders had made a lot of
noise during the night while setting up their stalls.
New plans to run the market in
the Precinct, Market Way, Smithford Way, Shelton Square, Bull Yard and
Hertford Street have been submitted to the city council.
Martin Stockdale, Commercial
Manager of the City Centre Company said the aim was to attract more
people into the city centre on a Sunday, particularly as more shops
He said that the city council
could veto the plans if it chooses to protect the Retail Market, which
has a charter to operate in the city.
But Mr Stockdale said the
Sunday market and the Retail Market could both attract shoppers away
from out-of-town shopping centre and back into the city.
“We understand that they
have objections and we want to have further discussions with the
traders in the Retail Market.
“We are very keen to
support the Retail Market and want to find new ways of boosting its
Dave Betts, secretary of the
Coventry branch of the Retail Market Traders’ Federation, said the
traders would be opposing the plans.
the application is successful the new Sunday market is not expected to
be operating until the summer.
“We are going to be
struggling. This will damage our trade because there is only a
certain percentage of people who will come to the market anyway.
“The developments in the
Lower Precinct mean a lot of the market will be a building site and
it’s not as if trade is buoyant anyway.
“A lot of our traders work
on their own and start at 5am – they can’t work Sundays as