‘It was not financially viable for us any more’ - that was the reason Brays Associate Market’s managing director gave for not renewing its Bognor licence.
Brian Nunan said: “It is a site which is exposed and hampered by the weather, we haven’t had a good year, we haven’t had a good two years. It has cost us money.
“We took a gamble on it. We hung on because we were hoping it would be moved into the high street.”
Town centre manager Toyubur Rahman revealed there had been conversation about a monthly market at London Road but ‘during the negotiations there was a breakdown’. This, he said, resulted in a ‘mutual agreement’ between Brays and Arun District Council ‘that they would suspend the market for this year and look at it for next year’.
“A lot of people have said why have Arun stopped this and, in this case, it isn’t them,” Toyubur added. “Not having the market is quite a blow for the town, having a market - whatever the quality - is better than not because it provides a certain product to people that rely on it for groceries, shopping needs, etc, and it brings people off the seafront and into the town at the very least.
“I am disappointed but on the flip side it does give us an opportunity to do different things there.”
Toyubur stated he’s already ‘put the feelers out’ for the likes of Base skatepark to host demonstrations or a vintage themed market.
A stallholder has told of the heartbreak, and Arun have revealed plans, see today’s Observer.
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