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    southy wrote:
    Shoong wrote:
    southy wrote:
    hulla baloo wrote:
    '' hoped to have the same lure as London’s famous Portobello Road market,''
    Surely they are having a laugh.
    Well that do not surprise me one bit this council idea of consulting is with developers onlys, wasting more of the tax payers money.

    You want the city to have people coming here to visit, then they need to rebuild all the city walls and every thing inside the city give it a period look and make it a no go for motorise vehicles
    Let go of the past. How is re-erecting the city's defensive going to look welcoming to tourists?

    Of course, it do not surprise me in the least, if it was anyone else's idea it would probably be a good one wouldn't it.
    Use your head, there a town in france that has its oringal walls still intact and theres a place in germany that rebuilt all there city walls. And they get very high volumes of people visiting more than what we get in passenger going though the city and plus with those 2 towns is people spend a week or two there and not a like here just one single night. The attaction is a bit of history and most people love that when going places, they dont want to see a modern jungle like we got.
    Had the 25 years of a Labour council not wasted our money on nefarious projects, including giving themselves salaries!, we could have built the walls!
    We don't have the money now so we need commercial partnerships to boost our City.
    "jungle like we got" Exactly!

    That's why we need this Master Plan for the City of Southampton. For goodness sake, let's all get behind this project and make it happen for us and for future generations!"
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Southampton business owners slam lack of consultation over market plans

An artist's impression of the market.

An artist's impression of the market.

First published in Southampton Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

business owners in Southampton have criticised plans for a new fruit and vegetable market district in the city’s Old Town, saying they were not properly consulted.

They say the council has not formally contacted them about the ambitious project, which could see the Old Town, Holyrood and Queens Park undergo major redevelopment over the next five years.

As revealed in the Daily Echo, the plan has moved a step closer and has been listed as one of seven very important projects in a visionary £2.6 billion city Master Plan for the next 20 years that would bring 24,000 jobs to the city.

The proposed development, hoped to have the same lure as London’s famous Portobello Road market, would include a covered market hall as well as hundreds of new homes, shops and offices.

But businesses have criticised the council for failing to discuss the plan with them.

Tony Morris, owner of the Red Lion Pub on the High Street, said: “At the moment I have only heard about the plans through hearsay and from what I have read in the newspaper. At no point has the council approached me to talk about the proposals and how they will affect my property and my business.

“I’m not against the plans; in fact I have been saying for years that we need to have something that will pump life into this part of town.

“I just think the council should have approached the business owners down here before releasing them.”

Another leaseholder on Bernard Street said: “This is the first I have heard about the plans. I’m pretty peeved that the council hasn’t come to us and at least outlined what it was they wanted to do.

“I don’t have a problem with the improvements but the council can’t just expect people to close their businesses without a proper discussion and consultation.”

A council spokesman said hundreds of businesses across the city were consulted as the Master Plan was drawn up as a vision for the city.

A public consultation on the Master Plan, and a blueprint called the City Centre Action is now running until March 23.

The spokesman said public comments will be considered and the action plan could be amended before it is sent to a Government planning inspector at the end of the year.

Councillors could then formally adopt the plan next year, following the normal planning process.

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