JUL 00] WARWICK
DISTRICT COUNCIL NEWS
Last Chance for Leamington's Ailing Market
new location for Leamington’s market could prove to be its final
are being asked to move the weekly sale of goods from Packington Place
to the area in front of All Saints Church, just over Victoria Bridge
from the town centre.
the Royal Pump Rooms attracting 500,000 people a year, more people are
heading further down the Parade and the market could prove a vital
link between the north and south.
river effectively cuts the Leamington in two, despite efforts to
attract people to cross the bridge.
the market in Old Town has dwindled away and now there are only two
regular traders, and a further change of location is on the
church has offered use of its land, which should attract a lot of
Margaret Begg, leader of Warwick District Council, is backing the
move. She said:
am all in favour of a market in town and in this location it would
be very visible. Everyone would know we have a market. It is very
hidden away now.
this could be the last attempt - we could run out of places to try.
The market did not work in Court Street and is dying in Packington
Place - I think this really could be the last chance.
has been talk of other sites, but I think we want to retain it in
Old Town where there has been a market for many years.
have held special markets in Clemens Street, but that involved a
road closure and I do not think we could do that on weekdays.
market has been struggling and we need to support it. Warwick has
the perfect site for its market, but Leamington does not real have a
large open area with a hard surface and that is the problem.
is probably going to be our last try, and if this does not work,
then I think we will have to give up and just stick to the special
markets every now and again.”
sites suggested, north of the river, include Regent Grove and the Pump
Room Gardens, but it is unlikely these suggestions will get very far.
district council’s economic executive is recommended to approve the
move at its meeting on Monday.
the change of location proves to be permanent, then the council will
also need to seek planning permission, but can hold the market on the
new site for an initial 14 weeks.