What would make Newmarket’s town market more appealing to shoppers?

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Plans are afoot to revitalise the market in Newmarket to make it more appealing for shoppers.

Forest Heath District Council’s Cabinet will discuss plans next week for the market revamp, starting with the introduction of new market regulations.

The regulations are designed to cover issues such as the disposal of litter, health and safety and the conduct of the traders themselves.

In return, the regulations offer traders a guarantee the council will limit the duplication of stalls selling similar items, and the council will develop and promote the market to attract new shoppers and traders.

The draft regulations, if approved on Tuesday, will go out to consultation with the traders from December 15 and will close on January 23.

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David Bowman, cabinet member for economic development and tourism, said: “We want to work closely with the market traders of Newmarket, to grow the market so that it will appeal to more shoppers.

“We are not looking to impose new red tape on the traders - we are looking to work with them, to develop ideas together on how we can improve the market, so that it will attract more customers. These new regulations will be the first step on that path.”

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Plans include re-establishing a Newmarket Market Liaison Group with trader representatives, while the council will also look to appoint a markets champion. The draft regulations follow the council’s recent budget consultation which backed the council investing to improve the market.

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