Views sought on market layout

Lancaster Charter Market.
Lancaster Charter Market.
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Views are being sought on two new potential layouts for Lancaster’s Charter Market.

The two layouts have been drawn up following an initial consultation with market traders and the business community.

In addition Lancaster City Council is asking what people think the council’s view of the market should be.

The answers will significantly contribute to deciding on the layout.

Mark Davies, chief officer (environment) said: “The city council wants to see a thriving Charter Market because of the contribution it makes to Lancaster and the local economy.

“The question we’re now asking is how to best achieve that following the completion of the improvement works while balancing the needs of the market traders, businesses and shoppers.

“Issues such as access for emergency vehicles, street cafes, street cleansing and traffic management also need to be taken into account.

“The two layouts are still draft at this stage and we really want to hear people’s views.

“They will all feed into a report to be considered by the city council’s Cabinet, who may decide to go with one or other of the layouts or, indeed, a different combination.”

Market stallholder Andrew Long said the council showed “no evidence of compromise” during consultation with traders.

He said: “It looks like there is going to be a size that all plots must be, which will halve our business.”

The deadline for responses is October 20 and they should be sent to mdavies@lancaster.gov.uk.

The layouts are available to view at www.lancaster.gov.uk/market-consultation.