OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Sunday Market Gets The Go Ahead
markets are to start in Coventry next month despite bitter
opposition from market traders after the city council rushed the
decision through its committee structure.
in reaching a decision had raised fears that the market would not
have sufficient time to get going.
agreement from the council had to be obtained to allow the stalls
to be set up throughout the city centre.
first market is now expected to be held on 5 November and will run
up to and including Christmas Eve, before restarting again on 7
market is an expansion of last year’s pilot in Bond Street,
which was hailed a success, but aroused anger from elderly
residents living in Bond’s Hospital as they were disturbed
through the night by traders setting up their stalls.
at Coventry Retail Market are also upset by the move. They believe
that the new market will hit them, as they will not be able to
of the stallholders say they cannot open on a Sunday because they
are family businesses and it is the only chance they get for a day
Stockdale, Commercial Manager for the City Centre Company, said
the Sunday market will have up to 100 stalls and should attract up
to 5,000 new visitors to the city centre.
held a regular market in the Bond Street Car park last year and
we know that it attracted thousands of visitors, a quarter of
whom did not normally come to Coventry.
have received planning permission for a new market within the
central precinct and Coventry City Council has also approved the
shopping has taken off well in the city and this will be another
boost. We have had considerable backing from traders in the city
centre and they recognise that more people there on Sundays can
only be good for trade.
want to make the city centre a seven-day-a-week destination and
this is another major step in helping that happen.
city council has had talks with the retail market. We realise
this is a difficult period for traders there and that many will
view this as competition but we have placed certain restrictions
on what can be sold on the new market and are also offering
retail market traders 30 free stalls and the chance to leaflet
are very excited about the venture and are sure it will only add
to the growing appeal of the city."
John Mutton, deputy leader of the city council said:
a vibrant and bustling city centre is a priority not only for
the City Council, but also one of the six priorities agreed
through the city's Community Plan.
is a very important and sensitive issue, which is why we
referred any final decision to one of our Scrutiny Boards.
have granted the approval on the basis of being able to review
the Sunday market in 12 months time, so we can assess its
success and any effects it has had on numbers of people visiting
the city centre, Sunday trading generally and those using both
the Sunday market and the Retail Market."
idea of Sunday markets within the city centre also has the support
of key city centre retailers as Theresa Nelson, Head of Retail
Operations at Coventry's Marks and Spencer explained:
are already committed to the idea of Sunday trading within the
city centre and have been working very closely with our
colleagues in the City Centre Company to make it a success.
additional attraction, such as a Sunday market, will add to the
vibrancy and numbers of people visiting the city centre, which
can only be good news for the city.
will also add more variety and choice for people and helps give
another push to the overall promotion and marketing of Coventry
city centre as an important shopping destination."