The historic King’s Lynn Mart could have its time in town curtailed and lose its traditional St Valentine’s day opening if a detailed report is approved by councillors.

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The traditional fair, which comes to Lynn for two weeks each February, has been under the spotlight since three-year-old Rio Bell died during this year’s event when he was hit by a car on the junction of King Street and the Tuesday Market Place.

A report recommends councillors approve a raft of changes including: the fair held for little more than a week, a temporary pedestrian crossing, employing marshals and more barriers.

The Mart Task Group report says the fair should only be open for eight or nine days, but to include Sunday, instead of the usual fortnight.

It also proposes Ferry Street closes to traffic while the Mart is in town and marshals are used to help people cross, paid for by the fair’s operators. Campaigners had called for the junction of King Street and the Tuesday Market Place to be closed for the fair, but that has been deemed impractical.

Members of West Norfolk Council’s Regeneration, Environment and Community Panel are being asked to recommend the series of changes proposed by the task group at a meeting on August 29.

Opening day will change to the Friday preceding half-term from 2014 and it will close the Saturday after half-term. It would be allowed to open at 2.30pm.

8 comments

  • here we go again another job created load of pen pushing desk jockeys spoiling a tradition which has been around longer than themselves i think its bad enough that thier rules and regulations are spoiling kings lynn they now want to out rule the mart, what next the tuesday market??? like the satureday market

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • The weather is atrocious every Mart. Just wonder if it is not allowed to visit Tuesday Market place will we have Sunshine. The Mart is a tradition and would be shame not to have it.

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    Choice

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • This is something the Borough Council have wanted to do for years, they simply want the revenue from the car park. Why do they have to try and associate their real motives with this tragic accident?

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    Honest John

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Lynn Council should not have the right to interfere with hundreds of years of history The Fair was given a Royal charter and is part of the traditional life of West Norfolk. Just because a bunch of snooty move ins think it is a nuisance and because of a knee jerk reaction to a tragedy is no reason to meddle with the timing and dates. Lynn people have been managing to mix people the mart and cars for fifty years with no problem. Stop this council which would rather see a marina for hoorays than keep our traditions alive from making these changes-it will be the thin end of the wedge and then there will be no Mart at all.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • condensning the mart to a week will simply make it more overcrowded during the reduced time. Marshall the event with common sense and risks to pedestrians will be minimised but small children are at times unpredictable and impossible to keep 100% safe.

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    David Curle

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • It should stay as it is. We have lost more than enough traditions. The report should be about making it safer for walkers not cutting it down in size.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Why is it impractical to close roads for the mart, but not for festival too?

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    smithrob

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • I thought there was a Charter in place to ensure this tradition carries on. The BCKLWN are responsible for the decline of the Tuesday Market claiming car parking was more lucrative than market stalls now they are putting initiatives in place to encourage market stalls back again. The Mart should stay. Put in place road closures whilst the Mart is in operation. I believe they close the roads for Festival Too, they also partially close the market place for Wolfgang Palm and the Grand East Anglian Run. The precedents have been set.

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    SierraCharlie

    Monday, August 20, 2012

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