TRADERS, businesses and residents are being encouraged to have their say on whether they think Chichester’s weekly traders markets should be moved to a central location in the city.
A six-week consultation started yesterday (Wednesday) asking whether the markets should be moved to a different site to help increase footfall and attract higher quality markets.
The markets operate in the council’s Cattle Market car park on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the home of the city’s markets since 1960.
In the 1980s it was a thriving market with close to 100 stalls but in recent years it has seen a sharp decline, with many holders pulling out.
The Observer reported earlier this year traders’ fears of the market vanishing due to ever-decreasing footfall if they are not allowed to move into the city centre.
Market bosses made a desperate appeal to council leaders to be allowed to move into the city, where it is felt the market can benefit from greater footfall and more trade.
Councillor Gillian Keegan, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services at Chichester District Council, said: “We know that there is support for a market in Chichester and we are looking for the best way to ensure the markets continue.
“We would like as many people as possible to be involved in the consultation and I would encourage everyone, whether they are a customer, trader or business, to complete the survey and make their views known.”
Three surveys will take place: one for market traders and farmers’ market traders; one for city centre businesses and one for residents and visitors.
People will be able to submit their views in a variety of ways.
The surveys will be available online at www.chichester.gov.uk/currentconsultations and paper copies will be available upon request.
Council officers will also be going out to some of the markets to actively engage with shoppers and ask people to complete the surveys.
The results will be reported back to the council’s Cabinet Board for discussion at a later date.
The deadline for completing the survey is Wednesday August 12.