Celebrations as Bitterne market opens for trade

Celebrations as Bitterne market opens for trade

Celebrations as Bitterne market opens for trade

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IT is the moment they have all been waiting for.

For the first time ever, shoppers visiting Bitterne Precinct will be treated to the sights, sounds and smells of the village’s brand new market.

After months of fighting, Bitterne Village Traders’ Association was finally given the go-ahead in August to stage the weekly market – and tomorrow they will see their vision become a reality.

Association chairman Rod Bennett said the market would transform Bitterne for shoppers and visitors.

Mr Bennett, who runs Card Gallery in the precinct, said: “It is a very proud moment for us.

“We have fought long and hard to get a market in the precinct and finally our vision will be made real.

“It will transform the village into a bustling and vibrant area for shoppers and visitors.”

Previously the group had its hopes dashed when it was told the market could not go ahead because the pedestrianised precinct is technically a registered highway.

But council chiefs reassured members that despite stumbling blocks in the past, the market would go ahead.

“Having a market in the precinct was something we thought was worth fighting for,” Mr Bennett added.

“Now the hope is that the market will be a huge hit in the community, because that is what it is there for.

“We are all very confident that the market is going to be a great success.”

Mr Bennett said plans were in the pipeline to include weekend events in the precinct in the run-up to Christmas.

Royston Smith, Cabinet member for economic development and regeneration, said: “We are very keen to see the Bitterne Village Traders’ Association – and Bitterne itself – prosper and we hope the inclusion of the market will help for that to happen.”

The market will be in the precinct from 9am to 3.30pm, and an official opening ceremony will take place next Wednesday.

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6:29pm Tue 14 Oct 08

Condor Man says...

Bitterne has suffered since Sainsburys took over the old Safeway site and offers a poor shopping service compared to Portswood and Shirley. Hopefully this market won't be an extension of Poundland as the one at the Bargate has become
Bitterne has suffered since Sainsburys took over the old Safeway site and offers a poor shopping service compared to Portswood and Shirley. Hopefully this market won't be an extension of Poundland as the one at the Bargate has become Condor Man
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7:56pm Tue 14 Oct 08

obelisker says...

Bitterne could be a good venue for a Market,and I hope it works out, but please,as CondorMan says don't let it degrade from the promising start we had at the Bargate to the crap-fest we have now.
Bitterne could be a good venue for a Market,and I hope it works out, but please,as CondorMan says don't let it degrade from the promising start we had at the Bargate to the crap-fest we have now. obelisker
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8:47pm Tue 14 Oct 08

Family Man says...

It's a great idea, BUT, and it's a big "but", there is no benefit whatsoever for the people who work "normal hours" Monday to Friday, neither can it ever attract them as a weekday market can only attract those who do not work for whatever reason. And for those that do work, Bitterne will remain the same unattractive place it always is on a weekend, as you rush to do all the things you do not have chance to do during the week. Shame, but there it is! Now a weekend market, that would be something!!
It's a great idea, BUT, and it's a big "but", there is no benefit whatsoever for the people who work "normal hours" Monday to Friday, neither can it ever attract them as a weekday market can only attract those who do not work for whatever reason. And for those that do work, Bitterne will remain the same unattractive place it always is on a weekend, as you rush to do all the things you do not have chance to do during the week. Shame, but there it is! Now a weekend market, that would be something!! Family Man
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8:47pm Tue 14 Oct 08

Family Man says...

It's a great idea, BUT, and it's a big "but", there is no benefit whatsoever for the people who work "normal hours" Monday to Friday, neither can it ever attract them as a weekday market can only attract those who do not work for whatever reason. And for those that do work, Bitterne will remain the same unattractive place it always is on a weekend, as you rush to do all the things you do not have chance to do during the week. Shame, but there it is! Now a weekend market, that would be something!!
It's a great idea, BUT, and it's a big "but", there is no benefit whatsoever for the people who work "normal hours" Monday to Friday, neither can it ever attract them as a weekday market can only attract those who do not work for whatever reason. And for those that do work, Bitterne will remain the same unattractive place it always is on a weekend, as you rush to do all the things you do not have chance to do during the week. Shame, but there it is! Now a weekend market, that would be something!! Family Man
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9:37pm Tue 14 Oct 08

D.a.v.e says...

Family Man wrote:
It's a great idea, BUT, and it's a big "but", there is no benefit whatsoever for the people who work "normal hours" Monday to Friday, neither can it ever attract them as a weekday market can only attract those who do not work for whatever reason. And for those that do work, Bitterne will remain the same unattractive place it always is on a weekend, as you rush to do all the things you do not have chance to do during the week. Shame, but there it is! Now a weekend market, that would be something!!
Furthermore, if not a weekend then why not open it for lunch time trade and close at 8pm when sainsburys closes. This might encourage other traders to stay open later and with winter approaching would lead to a christmas market. I'm sure a local church would lend a choir!
[quote][p][bold]Family Man[/bold] wrote: It's a great idea, BUT, and it's a big "but", there is no benefit whatsoever for the people who work "normal hours" Monday to Friday, neither can it ever attract them as a weekday market can only attract those who do not work for whatever reason. And for those that do work, Bitterne will remain the same unattractive place it always is on a weekend, as you rush to do all the things you do not have chance to do during the week. Shame, but there it is! Now a weekend market, that would be something!![/p][/quote]Furthermore, if not a weekend then why not open it for lunch time trade and close at 8pm when sainsburys closes. This might encourage other traders to stay open later and with winter approaching would lead to a christmas market. I'm sure a local church would lend a choir! D.a.v.e
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8:37am Wed 15 Oct 08

chubunkin says...

Obelisker expresses the concerns we all should have. Visiting a market here just does not raise the expectations that doing so in, say, France does. (Farmers' markets excepted, of course)
Obelisker expresses the concerns we all should have. Visiting a market here just does not raise the expectations that doing so in, say, France does. (Farmers' markets excepted, of course) chubunkin
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12:56pm Wed 15 Oct 08

mangobean says...

I would never buy anything other than Chrisstmas/birthday cards or fresh fruit & veg from a market.
Most other items such as clothes, electrical items etc. are generally of a poor quality, if not rejects or seconds, and you are highly unlikely to be able to exchange or get a refund if the item fails.

CAVEAT EMPTOR
I would never buy anything other than Chrisstmas/birthday cards or fresh fruit & veg from a market. Most other items such as clothes, electrical items etc. are generally of a poor quality, if not rejects or seconds, and you are highly unlikely to be able to exchange or get a refund if the item fails. CAVEAT EMPTOR mangobean
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