Market move on the cards

IPSWICH Market could now move on to the town's Cornhill by the end of next month.The proposed move has been on hold since it was approved by planners and licensing officials at Civic Centre in February.

IPSWICH Market could now move on to the town's Cornhill by the end of next month.

The proposed move has been on hold since it was approved by planners and licensing officials at Civic Centre in February.

But after an intervention by council Chief Executive James Hehir, the path seems to have been cleared towards the move being completed within the next month.

And Mr Hehir said the market would be able to stay on the Cornhill for a full six-month trial period – despite plans to look for a new operator at Civic Centre.

"There should be no problems now for the market to move, the traders came up with 14 points that needed clarification – and we have addressed them," he said.

Market traders' chairman Mike Young said his members had been reassured after the intervention of Mr Hehir which had smoothed out many of their concerns.

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But it would take at least four weeks for new covers for market stalls to be completed before the move could take place.

"We are certainly more hopeful about things now than we were – but there is still no long-term security.

"The council is still saying they want operators to tender to work the Civic Centre site, and now everyone seems to acknowledge that is not viable," he said.