Market traders give mixed responses to planned renovation

Market traders give mixed responses to planned renovation

Parliament Street from St Sampson's Square on a busy market day in 1961

A bustling market in Parliament Street, York in 1934, when British Home Stores and Marks and Spencer stood next to each other

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TODAY marks 50 years since the closure of Parliament Street’s weekly market and traders at neighbouring Newgate Market have mixed responses to the council’s planned renovation of their current home.

Public consultation on the plans, which include sprucing up Newgate Market and improving promotion, ended yesterday.

Stall owners spoken separately to by The Press said that a revamp was needed but increasing footfall was more important.

Steve Franks, a trader for eight years, said advertising was essential: “There should be signs to get people to come in.”

Gordon David, who has worked on the market for 37 years, said: “Generally, what the traders want is smarter advertising to draw more people in.”

Proposed changes also include building a social space, an idea that traders have criticised.

Mr David said: “They’re trying to move stalls out of the market and make it into a seating area, but we’re trying to say is: why do you need to move something that’s been here for 50 years?

“Money needs to be spent more wisely.”

Abbey Kotia has worked on Newgate Market for more than 40 years and believes a shared roof would improve the market.

She said: “It needs brightening up and made more inviting, with one roof shared by the stalls.”

The growing number of markets on Parliament Street has also been flagged as an issue. Mr Franks said Newgate Market’s stalls should be allowed back onto the neighbouring Parliament Street:

He said: “The council are bringing these outside events into Parliament Street. That’s absolutely disgraceful, because it takes away all of our footfall.

“We’re fully loyal to York market, this is our livelihood and yet the council are bringing people into Parliament Street who have no allegiance to York City Council whatsoever. Why can’t we go out there?”

Gill Cooper, City of York Council’s head of culture, tourism and the city centre, said: “ We’ve had a good, positive response from Newgate market’s traders, as well as from residents, city-centre businesses and users since consultation on the refurbishment began in 2012.

“We’re currently evaluating the response to this last phase of consultation. while we prepare final designs. We’re also looking at ways to improve footfall to the market from the Shambles, Kings Square, Church Street and of course, from Parliament Street." where Newgate’s traders will trade for 16 weeks from July 2014. This is while refurbishment works are undertaken, just as when last summer traders operated from Parliament Street on Mondays to accommodate essential maintenance.”

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3:22pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Owain ap Llwyd says...

I really feel sorry for the market traders in York.
York City Council is doing damnedest to dissuade shoppers from shopping in York by their illegal fines on motorists who stray over Lendal Bridge. The salaried council "officers play with lego toys day in, day out, to make our city a no-go to citizens and make citizens to out of town shopping centres.
Markets are a live-blood for many people, shoppers and traders, in towns and cities around the country.
Keep our markets affordable and available.
I really feel sorry for the market traders in York. York City Council is doing damnedest to dissuade shoppers from shopping in York by their illegal fines on motorists who stray over Lendal Bridge. The salaried council "officers play with lego toys day in, day out, to make our city a no-go to citizens and make citizens to out of town shopping centres. Markets are a live-blood for many people, shoppers and traders, in towns and cities around the country. Keep our markets affordable and available. Owain ap Llwyd
  • Score: -2

4:15pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Platform3 says...

Newgate Market does not need "outside events" to dissuade people from using its services - the stallholders themselves are more than capable of that. Frankly the present location is such a dull and dreary place it's no surprise that the overall ambience is equally dull and dreary. Footfall is vital to any successful business and the area where this is at its highest is Parliament Street itself. - not tucked away in such a depressing corner.

The make-over of Parliament Street into a continental style boulevard was ill conceived. This is the opportunity for the Council to something worthwhile for once. The buying public should not be taken for fools - they will see through a cosmetic job so nothing less than radical will suffice. Markets are vital to the prosperity and vibrancy of any town / city centre but if effective action isn't taken soon York's market will wither and die.

The present market area can then be used for all sorts of purposes (put the visiting markets, the Food Festival etc. in there - they will enhance not detract from the regular market).
Newgate Market does not need "outside events" to dissuade people from using its services - the stallholders themselves are more than capable of that. Frankly the present location is such a dull and dreary place it's no surprise that the overall ambience is equally dull and dreary. Footfall is vital to any successful business and the area where this is at its highest is Parliament Street itself. - not tucked away in such a depressing corner. The make-over of Parliament Street into a continental style boulevard was ill conceived. This is the opportunity for the Council to something worthwhile for once. The buying public should not be taken for fools - they will see through a cosmetic job so nothing less than radical will suffice. Markets are vital to the prosperity and vibrancy of any town / city centre but if effective action isn't taken soon York's market will wither and die. The present market area can then be used for all sorts of purposes (put the visiting markets, the Food Festival etc. in there - they will enhance not detract from the regular market). Platform3
  • Score: -16

12:47pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Jackanory2 says...

Platform3 wrote:
Newgate Market does not need "outside events" to dissuade people from using its services - the stallholders themselves are more than capable of that. Frankly the present location is such a dull and dreary place it's no surprise that the overall ambience is equally dull and dreary. Footfall is vital to any successful business and the area where this is at its highest is Parliament Street itself. - not tucked away in such a depressing corner. The make-over of Parliament Street into a continental style boulevard was ill conceived. This is the opportunity for the Council to something worthwhile for once. The buying public should not be taken for fools - they will see through a cosmetic job so nothing less than radical will suffice. Markets are vital to the prosperity and vibrancy of any town / city centre but if effective action isn't taken soon York's market will wither and die. The present market area can then be used for all sorts of purposes (put the visiting markets, the Food Festival etc. in there - they will enhance not detract from the regular market).
Can't believe this comment had -16 when it is the most sensible solution to help market traders.
[quote][p][bold]Platform3[/bold] wrote: Newgate Market does not need "outside events" to dissuade people from using its services - the stallholders themselves are more than capable of that. Frankly the present location is such a dull and dreary place it's no surprise that the overall ambience is equally dull and dreary. Footfall is vital to any successful business and the area where this is at its highest is Parliament Street itself. - not tucked away in such a depressing corner. The make-over of Parliament Street into a continental style boulevard was ill conceived. This is the opportunity for the Council to something worthwhile for once. The buying public should not be taken for fools - they will see through a cosmetic job so nothing less than radical will suffice. Markets are vital to the prosperity and vibrancy of any town / city centre but if effective action isn't taken soon York's market will wither and die. The present market area can then be used for all sorts of purposes (put the visiting markets, the Food Festival etc. in there - they will enhance not detract from the regular market).[/p][/quote]Can't believe this comment had -16 when it is the most sensible solution to help market traders. Jackanory2
  • Score: -9

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