Decision on design for Great Yarmouth market revamp delayed so traders can have their say
PUBLISHED: 12:11 17 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:25 17 October 2018
A decision on the proposed design for the £2.7m redevelopment of Great Yarmouth's historic town market has been delayed.
At a council meeting on Tuesday night members of Great Yarmouth Borough council policy and resources committee voted to defer the design options for the market place until after further consultation with individual market traders.
This comes a week after traders spoke about their heartbreak upon hearing the council’s proposals for the controversial revamp.
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Traders accused the council of not listening to them and ‘messing with their livelihoods’ but have welcomed this latest development.
Federal rep for national marketing traders six-day, Ayeshia Hammond Young, said: “This is brilliant news. It is what we have been asking for and it seems as though stallholders will be listened to.
“We are still in limbo and what the council wants to do is totally wrong but this is definitely a positive step.”
The borough council’s proposals would see 36 new single and double stall units installed under a new “architecturally-striking” market canopy.
The redevelopment, which is being led by Hudson Architects, would see the market extended towards King Street and Market Gates which Great Yarmouth Borough Council say will capture the market as an “experience” and “wider retail offer”.
Council leader, Graham Plant, believes the decision to allow further consultation with market traders is a positive move.
He said: “We want to listen to individual traders and stallholders to find out what their plans and ambitions are for the future. No two traders or stalls are the same so it is important we speak about their individual needs.
“I believe it is a positive step that we are taking a pause to allow for further consultation. The redevelopment will be a good move for the town and we want to create a comfortable atmosphere for traders to work in. This will hopefully help traders buy into the idea of the redevelopment.”
The committee also voted to recommend that full council allocate £1.2m towards the delivery of the market place redevelopment, subject to securing the required external funding.
The one-to-one consultations with individual market traders will take place over the next six to eight weeks and will be undertaken by council officers.