Plans for a Sunday market in
Coventry are being recommended for approval despite the fury of traders
at Coventry Retail Market.
The City Centre Company has
offered stalls at a discount price to any of the traders worried by the
impact of the Sunday market on their business.
Coventry Retail Market traders
claim they lost 40 per cent of business when the Sunday market ran at
Christmas compared to the previous year.
They say the construction work
in the Lower Precinct would put them at a disadvantage, and many traders
cannot operate seven days a week because they are small family
Plans outlining the proposals
are to go before Coventry City Council’s Planning Committee on
The City Centre Company wants to
have stalls throughout the pedestrianised areas in Market Way, Smithford
Way, Precinct, Shelton Square, Bull Yard and Hertford Street.
A survey has shown that the
market before Christmas in Bond Street attracted 10,000 people, with
around a quarter coming from outside Coventry.
Up to 20 per cent of the
visitors said they did not regularly shop in the city, and 70 per cent
said that did not regularly shop in Coventry on a Sunday.
Almost nine out of ten of those
who took part in the survey said they would return to a similar event.
Head of Development Regulation
David Giles told councillors in a report:
“Sunday trading is becoming
an increasingly necessary part of a successful shopping location.
“It is considered that the
level and variety of attractions need to be enhanced if the success of
the current Sunday trading is to be built upon to maintain
Coventry’s position as a regional shopping destination.”
He added that the market would
need to run for a longer period than the pre-Christmas rush to see how
what impact it would have.
But he said that complaints
about the impact of the market on Coventry Retail Market were not
relevant to the planning issues.
He said the concerns
“primarily relate to trading competition and the Market Charter”.
proposed Sunday Market will trade on a day when the existing market is