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Market could soon be on the move

PUBLISHED: 23:00 15 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

IPSWICH market could move to the Cornhill and Lloyd's Avenue by the end of the year.

A planning application to move the market from its current home beside the Civic Centre is due to be discussed on Wednesday.

IPSWICH market could move to the Cornhill and Lloyd's Avenue by the end of the year.

A planning application to move the market from its current home beside the Civic Centre is due to be discussed on Wednesday.

The market traders want to site 49 stalls on the Cornhill on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays – and a further 10 stalls at the southern end of Lloyd's Avenue.

The long-term aim is for the market to move to a new site as part of the proposed "Mint Quarter" development between Carr Street and Tacket Street.

However that is still several years away – and traders have warned that unless they are able to move to the Cornhill, there will be no stalls to move by then.

The current site is out of the way, and doesn't attract passing customers – in other major East Anglia centres like Norwich and Cambridge the market is in the heart of the city centre.

However the proposed move has attracted opposition from other traders in the Cornhill and Lloyd's Avenue area.

The largest store in the area, Debenhams, has objected because the market would impede emergency access to the store and would lead to the loss of the Cornhill as a centre for community events.

The Ipswich Partnership is not opposed to the market moving to the Cornhill in principle – but has serious practical concerns.

"We are have reservations about the management of the market and how it would operate on the Cornhill," said town centre manager John Stebbings.

"There is the issue of litter and mess that needs to be addressed – and the fact that the Cornhill is a very important public space in the heart of the town.

"What would happen to the events that take place there over the year, like the Christmas events and the various rides and charity events that happen there."

One of the main objectors is the Golden Lion Hotel, which is worried about the disruption to its guests caused by people setting up market stalls at 5.30am.

Officers are to report their recommendation to the meeting of the borough's development control committee on Wednesday morning.

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