Struggling market could be moving under council plan

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A MARKET could be moved from its home of more than 40 years.

Businesses and key organisations in Chichester will be asked if the weekly traders’ market should be moved into the city centre to help increase the number of customers and attract a higher quality market.

Chichester District Council will carry out a consultation after talking to traders.

The traditional market is currently in the Cattle Market car park, its home since 1960.

In the 1980s it was a thriving market with about 100 stalls but in recent years it has seen a sharp decline, with many holders pulling out.

Council officials say the market is likely to end if the location is not changed.

Councillor Josef Ransley, who sits on the cabinet at the council, said: ‘Other cities, such as Winchester, have reported a significant increase in footfall by locating their market in the city centre.

‘Winchester calculates that its city centre market generates an additional £8.5m trade for city centre businesses.

‘This approach also encouraged the introduction of a better quality market and helped to reduce the number of unauthorised traders.

‘If the traders’ market was moved, it would also mean that there would be an increase in the number of car parking spaces that are available to shoppers and visitors on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

‘We will shortly be contacting local businesses and key partners.’