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Traders set to get their way

PUBLISHED: 15:01 21 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

WOODBRIDGE market traders look set to get their way if they move from their current site.

Last year, shoppers were warned to use or lose the centuries old Thursday market because trade was gradually depleting.

WOODBRIDGE market traders look set to get their way if they move from their current site.

Last year, shoppers were warned to use or lose the centuries old Thursday market because trade was gradually depleting.

Traders tackled the town council about relocation from Market Hill, next to the Shire Hall, to a place more central where shoppers would be more aware of their existence.

Although there were concerns from the town council that the loss of the market would be detrimental to other businesses on Market Hill, it appears today that the traders may have won their battle with Suffolk Coastal District Council.

The Woodbridge Town Centre Management Group produced an action plan in 1997 examining the strengths and weaknesses of the town.

It found that the market brings in shoppers and adds vitality to the Market Hill but is also restricted in size and that it does nothing to attract people to the Thoroughfare.

Now several possible new locations for the market are due to be discussed by Suffolk Coastal planning committee when it meets next Tuesday.

Traders originally wanted the town council to consider leasing them part of the district council run Oak Lane car park near to Woolworth's, but four options are to be discussed at the meeting.

They are:

n Oak Lane car park;

n part of Budgens car park;

n Hamblin Road car park; and

n part of the Station Road car park next to the community hall.

Letters were sent out to 125 neighbouring residential and commercial properties for consultation purposes.

One person supporting the Hamblin Road option said that the car park was close to the bus terminal, cycle racks and the shopping area as well as having plenty of parking spaces there.

Another popular option was the Station Road car park as it was felt the Thursday market would complement the WI and farmers markets, although other considerations were that it was too far away from the town.

There are still many issues to be discussed as to the effect the market would have on car parking and that people may go elsewhere if they cannot find somewhere to park.

The application for relocation has been recommended for approval following consultations to determine the most suitable location for the market.

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