Traders re­veal blue­print to re­vamp mar­ket

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

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

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