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Plan to use Workington's empty shops for indoor market

WORKINGTON’S empty shops could be used as an indoor market.

 

Washington Square, in the town centre, has 16 empty units that could be used to supplement plans for an extended outdoor market in the town.

Speaking at Allerdale council’s scrutiny meeting last Friday, Lynn Parvin, the council’s regeneration strategy manager, said that indoor plans would not overshadow any proposals for an outdoor market.

She added: “The plans to have an indoor market would be beneficial for the town and it would help support the plans we are putting together for an outdoor market.

“Right now we have a window of opportunity to get the market details sorted out because it is a quiet time.

“We would like the outdoor market running by March.

“The markets could be a real tourist attraction and we are 100 per cent behind creating something that would be beneficial to the town.”

Councillor Ivor Humes said he had concerns over the indoor market, because the plans were a short-term option.

He added: “We need the shops filled with regular shopkeepers, not an indoor market.”

Plans to put 30 market stalls along Pow Street are being considered, but Ms Parvin said that consultation with shop owners and traders in the town would have to take place before any action could be taken.

She added that Pow Street was not the only site being considered for the market, which would run on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Central car park and Central Way are also being looked at.

Ms Parvin said: “I don’t think Pow Street is the right place because it can only take 30 stalls. We would end up with a waiting list with people wanting to move into the market and that is not what we want.”

However, Coun Humes said that Pow Street would be the preferred option.

He added: “The market is a shambles. It needs to be tackled with some urgency.”

Coun Heather McIntosh said: “For some crazy reason the town centre’s new development was not worked out when it opened. These plans should have been worked out then, not now.”

Have your say

i think the indoor market idea is great, but only if its a permsnent 6 day a week market. they could knock through a few units to make 1 unit and set up a small indoor market in there with fitted units rather than temporary. i think this would benefit new business starting up that can't currently afford to open up a proper shop, once they have got established, they could then move into a proper shop unit. it would be ideal for new businesses coming through, and in the long run fill some of the empty proper units. i think workington is crying out for a permanent indoor market!

Posted by Amanda on 18 January 2010 at 17:14

Their was a market on central car park which the council altered and caused market traders to withdraw.Once oaver 50 stalls in the 1970s because of charges and regulation it reduced. Now the demand (population),costs of stalls,cost of fuel and a reduction of posible profit margins.I can not see it working as wage standards in the area have gone down.

Posted by christopher on 15 January 2010 at 11:50

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