Mar­ket move edges one step closer

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Plans to move Maid­stone’s Satur­day mar­ket from its cur­rent home at Lock­meadow to Ju­bilee Square have moved a step nearer.

Maid­stone coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee agreed to ex­pand the num­ber of days the square, off High Street, can be used as a mar­ket from its present 60 days a year to 120 days.

Ju­bilee Square al­ready hosts a farm­ers mar­ket on the fourth Fri­day of ev­ery month.

The ad­di­tional days will al­low an ex­tra farm­ers mar­ket each month, as well as the trans­fer of the Satur­day mar­ket.

The coun­cil heard trade had been shrink­ing at Lock­meadow off Barker Road, but the more cen­tral lo­ca­tion was ex­pected to boost turnover.

The mo­tion was pro­posed by Cllr Brian Clark (Lib Dem) and sec­onded by Cllr Martin Cox (Lib Dem).

After the meet­ing, Cllr Clark said: “It is great to see a thriv­ing mar­ket, in this lo­ca­tion, once again be­com­ing a key part of life in Maid­stone.”

But a coun­cil spokesman said: “We are sim­ply ex­plor­ing op­tions at the mo­ment.

“It is not con­fir­ma­tion that this will hap­pen – no fixed de­ci­sion has been made.”

The town’s Tues­day mar­ket will con­tinue in its present lo­ca­tion at Lock­meadow.

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