AUG 00] WARWICK
DISTRICT COUNCIL NEWS
Kenilworth Market Sets Up Stall In New Home
BY ARRYN BUGGINS
market has been out on public view for the first time today.
After years of being
tucked away in car parks, the Thursday retail market was installed at
the front of the Abbey End shops today, by The Clock Tower roundabout.
It almost marks the
completion of work on site with new paving and street furniture, plus
new trees, bus lay-by and work on the traffic roundabout.
The final piece of
the revamp was missing – the £30,000 water feature.
The so-called Groovy
Ball marking all the Kenilworths in the world has been sent away
for repair, before it even went on show.
‘moved’ from Warwickshire to Hertfordshire and the outlines of
some countries were not very accurate. It now transpires it also had
east and west mixed up.
But it was all smiles
at lunchtime today when town mayor Graham Windybank and district
council chairman Joe Short cut the ribbon on a stall and declared the
market’s new site open for the business.
The traders seemed
busier than usual, and the council was pleased to see the car parks
The market has been
held in Abbey End car park for the last four years, using up valuable
parking spaces on one of the busiest days of the week in the
The market may bring
extra people in, but the stalls used up some of the car parking space
and some people were turned away.
The new site, which
will be also used for the monthly farmers market, is far more visible
to passing traffic and pedestrians. The farmers markets are held on
the second Saturday of the month – the next is the day after
Paul Skett of EG
Skett and Co, the market operators, said that the move is the most
significant thing to happen to the market in recent years. He said:
"This gives us
a prime location and I fully expect demand from traders to be on the
market to increase. This is good news for the Kenilworth Market."
The mayor of
Kenilworth was equally pleased to see the market relocate. Cllr
"I have said
before that this is a good move for Kenilworth, and I feel that this
new location will see the market prosper and I wish it well.
“What we've been
able to do is to work together on this and to plan the move so that
it works to best effect".
No date has been
given for the arrival of the Groovy Ball, officially known as The
Globe, because it stand son the site of the Globe Hotel that was
bombed in the Second World War and also because if features a map of