New site is suggested in bid to revive Totton market

Daily Echo: New site is suggested in bid to revive Totton market New site is suggested in bid to revive Totton market

A CAMPAIGN to revive Totton’s weekly market has taken a new twist.

Town clerk Derek Biggs has suggested holding a market at the West Totton Centre instead of trying to find a new site in the middle of the town.

The former Wednesday market was originally held in the car park between Salisbury Road and Testvale Park.

It was axed following a drop in the number of stallholders and was moved to a nearby service road, but closed for a second time.

Speaking at a meeting of the council’s planning and transport advisory committee, Mr Biggs suggested holding a market at a site known as the Bull Ring, which is bordered by a church, a GPs’ surgery and a dental practice.

He said: “We could have eight or nine stalls – the sort of thing Romsey has.

“There’s a high footfall in the area and room to do it, but we’ve got to talk to market traders and see if any of them are interested.”

Councillor David Harrison added: “We need to go for a quality market and should be trying to attract traders offering something unique.

“We should go for a one-off trial and if it’s a success we could look at making it a regular event.”

Members agreed that Mr Biggs should consult retail experts and look at various options for reviving the market.

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1:21pm Mon 13 Jan 14

S Pance says...

Derek Biggs hasn't got a clue!

The previous markets failed because the Council insisted they were held on a weekday and had zero publicity.

Moving it to West Totton will be a disaster!! Anyone can see that this won't work! The location is rubbish!!

Many years ago a few residents requested a WEEKEND Farmer's Market in the town centre yet were told by the Council that it wouldn't be viable. The reason given was that lack of support for a Tuesday market meant that a Saturday market couldn't possibly succeed (Go figure!)

Perhaps this is just a cynical attempt so they can "prove" a weekend market wouldn't work?
Derek Biggs hasn't got a clue! The previous markets failed because the Council insisted they were held on a weekday and had zero publicity. Moving it to West Totton will be a disaster!! Anyone can see that this won't work! The location is rubbish!! Many years ago a few residents requested a WEEKEND Farmer's Market in the town centre yet were told by the Council that it wouldn't be viable. The reason given was that lack of support for a Tuesday market meant that a Saturday market couldn't possibly succeed (Go figure!) Perhaps this is just a cynical attempt so they can "prove" a weekend market wouldn't work? S Pance
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1:22pm Mon 13 Jan 14

S Pance says...

^ For "Tuesday" read "Wednesday"
^ For "Tuesday" read "Wednesday" S Pance
  • Score: 2

3:24pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Ellwood says...

Quote: A CAMPAIGN to revive Totton’s weekly market has taken a new twist. end quote......... the question should be asked -do Tottonians actually want a weekly market? I'll wager my last Rolo that no ..(ahem) Market Research has been carried out about this.
Perhaps it would be more prudent to, gauge the opinions of Totton residents first, before council officers make decisions that they'll regret.
I do agree with Councillor Harris though, a better standard of merchandise and variety of produce is key to success.
I would suggest, that a sort of quality Craft Fair-come-Farmers Market combo would work every other weekend.
Quote: A CAMPAIGN to revive Totton’s weekly market has taken a new twist. end quote......... the question should be asked -do Tottonians actually want a weekly market? I'll wager my last Rolo that no ..(ahem) Market Research has been carried out about this. Perhaps it would be more prudent to, gauge the opinions of Totton residents first, before council officers make decisions that they'll regret. I do agree with Councillor Harris though, a better standard of merchandise and variety of produce is key to success. I would suggest, that a sort of quality Craft Fair-come-Farmers Market combo would work every other weekend. Ellwood
  • Score: 14

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