Market movement New traders hope after switch of site
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