Mar­ket move­ment New traders hope af­ter switch of site

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By ROBIN JENK­INS robin.jenk­[email protected]­

TEWKES­BURY’S twice-weekly re­tail mar­ket is set to move to a smaller site. The com­pany that runs it, Cotswold Mar­kets Limited, says it has fewer traders than in pre­vi­ous years and the time is right for it to move to a smaller lo­ca­tion.

It has there­fore sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to the bor­ough coun­cil to move away from Spring Gar­dens

Car Park, where it has been for more than 40 years, to the nearby Old­bury Road Car Park.

That is a much smaller car park, next to the Spring Gar­dens one. The coun­cil runs both of them.

Dave Joynes, the com­pany’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, said he hoped the move would hap­pen in May be­cause the present site was “far too big” for the mar­ket’s re­quire­ments. He said: “Mar­kets over the last decade have changed dra­mat­i­cally due to the likes of Pri­mark, Pound­land and Mata­lan com­ing into our shop­ping cen­tres. There­fore we have lost a lot of the big cloth­ing, footwear and house­hold stalls.

“In Tewkes­bury, we have man­aged to keep a cou­ple of large traders but not enough to fill that area. The traders re­plac­ing them only take a sin­gle trad­ing unit. “With the area we have at present, it is hard to de­ter cars from driv­ing onto the area when traders are miss­ing. The new site will be much eas­ier to mar­shal.” Mr Joynes said he had been in­volved with the mar­ket for more than 38 years and in that time it had moved across Spring Gar­dens Car Park three times, the last time be­ing to the area it uses now.

He added: “This move will be a new be­gin­ning for us and we will be in­tro­duc­ing some of our new three me­tre pop ups for new traders and ex­ist­ing traders to work from, giv­ing the mar­ket a new smart iden­tity.

“We have al­ready had new traders show an in­ter­est for our re­launch on the new site, so the fu­ture is look­ing good for Tewkes­bury Mar­kets.”

The mar­ket takes place ev­ery Wednes­day and Sat­ur­day, be­tween 9am and 3.30pm.

Tewkes­bury Bor­ough Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing how it might re­gen­er­ate the town cen­tre.

In Oc­to­ber last year, it said it had ap­pointed Mace as its re­gen­er­a­tion ad­vi­sor.

The coun­cil said it wanted to see how the town could grow, with Spring Gar­dens beinga key site.

The Old­bury Road Car Park used to be the site of the Warn­ers Bus De­pot and has been tar­geted by de­vel­op­ers in re­cent years.

The Old­bury Road car park and, left, the Spring Gar­dens car park Pic­tures: Mikal Lud­low Pho­tog­ra­phy

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