Gar­dens ‘the best home for Mar­kets’

OUR POLL SHOWS WHERE READ­ERS WANT IT TO GO FOR FOUR-YEAR SQUARE CLO­SURE

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By M.E.N. NEWS­DESK news­desk@men-news.co.uk @MENnews­desk

MANCH­ESTER Christ­mas Mar­kets need a new home for the next four years - and you’ve told us where you want them to go.

Al­bert Square has hosted the Mar­kets for the last 20 years but due to a £13m re­vamp of the Town Hall, the main mar­ket now needs to be based else­where.

The coun­cil’s city cen­tre spokesman Pat Kar­ney sub­se­quently urged M.E.N. read­ers to come up with their own sug­ges­tions.

So, nat­u­rally, we ran a poll, ask­ing your opin­ion on where they should go. And this is what you said... 1. Pic­cadilly Gar­dens 40% of you chose the green space lo­cated be­tween Mar­ket Street and North­ern Quar­ter as a top choice lo­ca­tion for the mar­kets. 2. Castle­field Bowl The out­door event pav­il­ion lo­cated just off of Deans­gate was the sec­ond most pop­u­lar choice among read­ers, with 13% off votes. This year, the bowl has al­ready hosted a va­ri­ety of events, in­clud­ing a spe­cial screen­ing of Eng­land’s World Cup game against Swe­den. 3. Cathe­dral Gar­dens Al­ready home to an ice rink and other sec­tions of the Christ­mas Mar­kets, 13% of you think the main site could be moved to the open space be­hind The Print­works. 4. Spin­ning­fields Also joint sec­ond is the city’s fi­nan­cial cen­tre which is al­ready pop­u­lar for its range of bars and restau­rants. Al­ready home to the Oast House win­ter te­pees, 13% think the Mar­kets main base could move here. 5. St Ann’s Square First home to the Christ­mas Mar­kets when they opened, 13% of read­ers be­lieve the mar­kets should move back to their orig­i­nal home. 6. Chock-a-block Re­gent Road Sur­pris­ingly, only 5% of you chose the site of the chaos-rid­den road­works at the site of Re­gent Road. 7. First Street Lo­cated op­po­site Deans­gate tram stop and the site of Home, only 3% of read­ers chose First Street as a vi­able re­lo­ca­tion.

We no­ticed a few pro­pos­als to host the Mar­kets at ri­val foot­ball grounds.

Mark Far­rell wrote: “Car park at United. Plenty of tourists and they would sell more half/half Xmas scarfs. Bet­ter than watch­ing the dross foot­ball on of­fer.” Whilst Gareth Dean be­lieves there is “plenty of room” at City’s ground, the Eti­had.

But some be­lieve the an­swer to the co­nun­drum is to get rid of them al­to­gether.

The coun­cil’s fi­nal de­ci­sion will be an­nounced in the New Year.

Manch­ester Christ­mas Mar­kets in 2017

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