Booming market set to grow
A SMALL but successful town market with a waiting list of stallholders is hoping to expand.Framlingham town council is planning to apply to extend its Saturday and Tuesday markets on the town's Market Hill.
A SMALL but successful town market with a waiting list of stallholders is hoping to expand.
Framlingham town council is planning to apply to extend its Saturday and Tuesday markets on the town's Market Hill.
At the moment, vehicles can drive around the parking area on the hill, and town councillors want to close it, while still allowing traffic along the main roadway leading to Church Street.
Kevin Coe, a member of the public relations and markets committee, said the idea was to extend the market, and make the area safer for the public.
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"People are crossing the road onto the market. We have had near misses where people have nearly been run over," he said.
"It's a health and safety issue. Sooner or later somebody is going to get bowled over by a car."
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The majority of local businesses were "quite happy" with the idea, although one or two were not, he added.
"We are trying to please everybody," he said.
The Saturday market has proved very popular, with about half a dozen to a dozen stalls every week.
There are about three stallholders wanting to join them but they cannot be accommodated at the moment. The Tuesday market, started as an experiment last year, is smaller with just a few stalls.
"We seem to be bucking the trend," he said.
"We have three at the moment willing to come on a Saturday straight away, but we have not got the space at the moment."
Framlingham residents liked to shop locally, he said, and the market also attracted people from surrounding villages.
"We are trying to promote the town, and I think it's working," he said.
The town council is contacting the Land Registry to establish their ownership of the land, and planning to apply to Suffolk Coastal District Council for planning permission.
Nikki Pawsey, owner of Hairtrix hairdressing salon at Market Hill, said she was concerned about the loss of access and of parking which would result from the plans.
"There's not enough parking in the town and it's one of our main parking areas. We have got elderly customers who need to be dropped off at the door," she said. "I just think we should have access around the hill. I have no objection to the market at all because it does bring in trade to the town."