Councillors to rethink market revival

Councillors to rethink market revival

Councillors to rethink market revival

First published in News

TOTTON councillors are going back to the drawing board in a last-ditch attempt to save the town’s weekly market.

The long-established Wednesday market, held in a car park off Salisbury Road, closed following a sharp drop in the number of stallholders and
customers.

It was replaced by a similar attraction in a nearby service road, but that too folded through lack of support.

Members of the town council are meeting later this month to discuss ways of reviving the market. Ideas include holding it on a Saturday and staging it in the shopping precinct.

The issue was raised at a meeting of the planning committee.

Councillor David Harrison said: “I can understand council officers saying they’ve tried many things and they haven’t been successful but the market is an important addition to the town. Most people would like to see it return.

“One day we could have a super market that everyone enjoys because we have tried a lot of different things along the way.”

Councillor Ron Scrivens added: “It’s been a great disappointment to me to see the decline of the market. We should go back to the drawing board.”

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The issue will be debated by the policy and resources committee on November 21.

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2:40pm Fri 9 Nov 12

eurogordi says...

Actually, I live in Totton and I would not like the market to return whatever Cllr. Harrison may say.

Totton Market used to be good 20 years ago, but as the smaller shops closed the market also lost trade to that one stop shop known as Asda.

I have nothing against Asda, but we need a balance of large and small shops if a market is going to survive alongside.

Apart from the 99p, the precinct doesn't really offer much these days and relocating the market there doesn't seem particularly viable.

I am happy to be proved wrong, but with popular markets at Romsey, Hythe and Lymington, the double demise of Totton's own market does not seem to support a further revival.
Actually, I live in Totton and I would not like the market to return whatever Cllr. Harrison may say. Totton Market used to be good 20 years ago, but as the smaller shops closed the market also lost trade to that one stop shop known as Asda. I have nothing against Asda, but we need a balance of large and small shops if a market is going to survive alongside. Apart from the 99p, the precinct doesn't really offer much these days and relocating the market there doesn't seem particularly viable. I am happy to be proved wrong, but with popular markets at Romsey, Hythe and Lymington, the double demise of Totton's own market does not seem to support a further revival. eurogordi
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2:44pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Ellwood says...

................ cards on table here. The previous attempts at providing a sustainable market failed (imo) because, most...not all, but most of what the markets offered was ....ahem...TAT!
There are enough permanent retail outlets churning out mass produced garbage..... why not break with tradition and operate a market that has a draw factor.......by offering affordable QUALITY PRODUCE & GOODS!
................ cards on table here. The previous attempts at providing a sustainable market failed (imo) because, most...not all, but most of what the markets offered was ....ahem...TAT! There are enough permanent retail outlets churning out mass produced garbage..... why not break with tradition and operate a market that has a draw factor.......by offering affordable QUALITY PRODUCE & GOODS! Ellwood
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2:55pm Fri 9 Nov 12

eurogordi says...

I also agree with Ellwood. You can still find quality goods and reasonable prices at Lymington and Romsey market, although Hythe less so. It was the same at Totton 20 years ago, but quality descended into tat and this seemed to be the main feature of the relaunched market that then failed.
I also agree with Ellwood. You can still find quality goods and reasonable prices at Lymington and Romsey market, although Hythe less so. It was the same at Totton 20 years ago, but quality descended into tat and this seemed to be the main feature of the relaunched market that then failed. eurogordi
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8:04pm Fri 9 Nov 12

wendy45 says...

as a small independent retailer in totton precinct i say good luck to a market being held there, we are to close next year as we get no support from the residence of totton, i dont sell tat but i still get no trade, as for the ones selling tat they seem to be doing very well !!! perhaps this is all totton wants !!!
as a small independent retailer in totton precinct i say good luck to a market being held there, we are to close next year as we get no support from the residence of totton, i dont sell tat but i still get no trade, as for the ones selling tat they seem to be doing very well !!! perhaps this is all totton wants !!! wendy45
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10:59pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Ellwood says...

wendy45 wrote:
as a small independent retailer in totton precinct i say good luck to a market being held there, we are to close next year as we get no support from the residence of totton, i dont sell tat but i still get no trade, as for the ones selling tat they seem to be doing very well !!! perhaps this is all totton wants !!!
............ good to hear that you aren't one those retailers offering tat for sale Wendy. The simple fact is that any household can only have a need for just so many multi-packs of disposable lighters...tacky mobile phone covers and fake imitation leather wallets and purses.
BTW I happen to believe that Totton deserves better!
[quote][p][bold]wendy45[/bold] wrote: as a small independent retailer in totton precinct i say good luck to a market being held there, we are to close next year as we get no support from the residence of totton, i dont sell tat but i still get no trade, as for the ones selling tat they seem to be doing very well !!! perhaps this is all totton wants !!![/p][/quote]............ good to hear that you aren't one those retailers offering tat for sale Wendy. The simple fact is that any household can only have a need for just so many multi-packs of disposable lighters...tacky mobile phone covers and fake imitation leather wallets and purses. BTW I happen to believe that Totton deserves better! Ellwood
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