Traders reveal blueprint to revamp market
SHOPPERS are expected to pour into Peterborough’s market under exciting new plans to revitalise the ailing trading complex.
The vision for the market in Laxton Square includes giving it a facelift, a new name and even put it under private ownership.
The blueprint has been put together by newly appointed market chairman Ed Cullum who will sit down with Peterborough City Council officers in the next few weeks in an attempt to secure their backing.
Mr Cullum, who runs Mad Ed’s Discount Store, said: “I want everyone – market traders, the council and the public – to be proud of its market.
“Everyone wants the market to be improved, and these are some ideas we want to look at.
“Rather than complaining that the City Market is too far away from the city centre, the Laxton Square area could be revitalised and be seen as a retail part of the city in its own right.”
Mr Cullum wants it to rival Queensgate Shopping Centre as the newly renamed Laxton Square Shopping.
Under the proposals, all city markets, such as the Christmas market and the continental market, would be incorporated in one place, and control of the market could be switched from the council to the private sector.
The city market has space for 147 stall holders but currently has only about 80 to 90 traders.
Mr Cullum was appointed chairman of Peterborough Market on the National Market Traders Federation last month.
Since then, the former Heart FM presenter has been working tirelessly to bring the market back to past glories, and has created a glossy document that he hopes will convince Peterborough City Council chiefs to breathe new life into the complex.
Mr Cullum will meet with the council’s head of city operations Annette Joyce and cabinet advisor for business Cllr Janet Goodwin on January 10 to discuss the plans.
Council leader Cllr Marco Cereste assured the chairman he was working on new policies for the market, but said they were not ready yet to be discussed publicly.
Cllr Cereste said: “It is great they are coming up with ideas, and we look forward to looking at them.
“We have been looking into the market for a long time, and will take these suggestions on board.
“The plan was to talk to market traders once we had come up with some firm ideas, but any pro-active approach is warmly received.”
Justin Beaumont, the council markets and commercial trading manager, added: “Mr Cullum has a lot of ideas and proposals we would like to look at.
“Everyone agrees we should improve the market, but there is not an unlimited pot of money. We will talk to him about his proposals with an open mind, but we will only be able to do what is feasible.”
proposals: Chairman of Peterborough city market Ed Cullum has produced a blueprint for