Council says market move has been ‘welcomed by shoppers’

PUBLISHED: 16:05 02 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:06 02 October 2017

Huntingdon's revamped market has been moved to High Street.

Huntingdon's revamped market has been moved to High Street.

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Now the authority, which runs the market, is looking for more traders to take part.

The market, held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, had seen the number of stalls and customers fall away and the council moved it from its traditional home on Market Hill to the adjacent High Street in a bid to give it a boost.

Cllr Jim White, executive councillor for operations, said: “The market move is a key project for us in supporting Huntingdon town centre and it’s been a really pleasing start.

“One of the main things that people are commenting on is the positive difference in the atmosphere of the High Street on market days.”

Cllr White said: “As the market grows we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that it sits well within its new home and adds to the retail offering of the town centre as a whole.”

The market stalls are now closer to traditional shops, creating easier access for people in the High Street.

The council said it had received “great feedback” from shoppers who were impressed with the new layout and liked how different the High Street now felt on market days.

It said that by putting the markets stalls closer to the shops the town centre felt busier and, as the market grew, there would be more on offer to residents and visitors.

The council said there were trading opportunities at both markets days and would welcome new traders who would like to get involved.

The market began trading from its new location on September 6, after Cambridgeshire County Council granted permission for the street to be closed to traffic during market days.

Speaking to The Hunts Post when the move was announced in August, Councillor Jay Dyne, the mayor of Huntingdon, said: “I am hopeful it will boost the trade of the market and the stores in the town, and draw more stall holders into the town and improve the flow to the market.”

Traders have been urged to send a photograph of their stall with a short description of the business to keith.salmon@huntingdonshire.gov.uk.

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