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THE city council masterplan proposes that Portsmouth city centre’s market stalls should be moved to Edinburgh Road once development of the Northern Quarter begins.

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock says the move would regenerate the area.

‘It would create a good entrance into the city centre and the market stalls would be in a better location,’ he said.

‘This was something that was backed by the council four years ago and we have already carried out lots of consultation with the market traders.

‘This will be of huge benefit to them.’

Tory councillor Luke Stubbs argued that the relocation would be a bad idea because bus stops on Edinburgh Road would have to move. He fears they would be pushed further south in the city, meaning people would have to walk further. He suggested to the council’s cabinet that the bus stops could be moved to Arundel Street and Crasswell Street to avoid disruption.

As previously reported in The News, Centros is the developer behind the regeneration of the Northern Quarter and work is due to be completed by 2018.

Cllr Stubbs said: ‘The bus stops will end up getting pushed further south, which will make it a longer walk to get a bus.’