DEC 00] CITY
CENTRE COMPANY NEWS
Traders Battle New
Sunday Market Plans
battles lines are being drawn over Coventry’s Sunday market as
organisers have applied to extend it for another year.
at Coventry Retail Market have objected to the plan to continue the
outside market throughout next year.
say the stalls are having a bad impact on the indoor market and are
combining with disruption caused by the redevelopment work in the Lower
the City Centre Company, responsible for the new scheme, says the new
market is attracting a lot more people to the city at a time when it is
crucial to win new visitors to stave off competition from other towns.
city council’s planning committee will decide whether to extend the
scheme next week.
Stockdale, commercial manager at the City Centre Company, said the number
of people shopping in the city centre on Sundays has shown a big increase
compared to last year.
are very positive about it. We feel that it’s bringing more people
into the city centre.
believe it is beneficial to the whole of Coventry, including the retail
don’t have time to wait for the redevelopment to finish because of the
threat from Birmingham, Solihull and may be the new arena. We’ve got
to capture customers now otherwise we will lose them forever.”
added that the plan was to run the market permanently. Delays meant this
year’s market didn’t start until November, so it covered a similar
period to last year’s experiment in bond Street.
fewer people come into the city centre on a Sunday in the summer, Mr
Stockdale said many of those had come in with the intention to buy goods,
and purchases held steady.
Dave Betts, secretary of the Coventry branch of the Retail Market
Traders’ Federation, said many traders wouldn’t bother coming to the
city on a Sunday in the summer because they could take their stalls to
added that traders in the retail market were struggling because of the
combination of the redevelopment and the Sunday trade.
of the retail market traders have taken stalls outside on the Sunday to
compete, but lose their sole day off.
think the City Centre Company can only think of markets at the moment.
My own fear is they’ll start an outside one on Saturdays and other
days of the week.”
Betts also criticised the decision to put the planning application in now,
as traders were too busy with the Christmas rush to prepare a campaign
Stockdale said the new market would give the retail market a chance to
consider a long term strategy – something he said most retailers are
reluctant to do.
the long term they should be selling things that people can’t get
anywhere else to attract shoppers.”