Weekly market given the go-ahead

ONE of Suffolk’s most prestigious resorts looks set to get a weekly market after council chiefs gave the idea the thumbs up.

Members of Aldeburgh Town Council voted in favour of the venture at a meeting on Monday night.

However they refused permission for the market to be held on the Moot Green.

The idea was put forward by Aldeburgh Business Association as a way of attracting visitors to the town all year round.

Last night chairman Barry Shooter, who runs the pharmacy in the High Street, said they were pleased with the decision but it was still very much a work in progress.


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“We’re not sure when and where it will be yet,” he said. “However, we’re glad the idea has been approved and we will continue to work with the town council to see how we can take it forward.

“Obviously at this time of year, during the summer, it is very busy but we like to come up with ways to make Aldeburgh an all year round destination.

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“Therefore we thought a weekly market might be a good idea, for residents and visitors alike.”

Mr Shooter said a recent survey showed that people in the town were 4-1 in support of a weekly market.

“It’s only in its early stages but we’re looking at the model of Southwold which has four or five stalls,” he said. “However we would need to be able to monitor what traders we have.

“We would want quality crafts, good local produce, that type of thing. That’s what we would welcome. What we don’t want is a lot of inappropriate stuff, that wouldn’t do any good.”

Mayor Julian Worster added: “The town council is very pro the idea of the market.

“The only question mark is over the best location. We are keen on it being an all year round event and we look forward to working with the business association to develop the idea further.”

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