Crawley market relocation aims to increase footfall

jpco-26-2-14 Crawley Market in High Street might close (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140224-123018001
jpco-26-2-14 Crawley Market in High Street might close (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140224-123018001

The borough council has revealed where traders will move to when Crawley markets move to the Broadway and Haslett Avenue West.

A spokesman said the High Street burger van will move to the corner of the roads and the fruit and veg stall will act as a draw opposite JD Sports in Haslett Avenue West.

He said: “The primary objective of The Broadway/Haslett Avenue West market is initially to relocate our existing High Street regular traders with those that do Friday and Saturday as a priority within that group.”

The regular Friday and Saturday traders were the mobile van, burger van, the jewellers and the fruit and veg trader.

The plant stall, the swagman - a market term for a ‘pound shop’ style trader - meat van, and ladies clothing will also be relocated.

The council has made a bid for Crawley market to have 27 stalls and three food vans when it moves.

It has registered its planning bid for relocating traders from Queens Square and the High Street.

Under the plans, stalls will be placed on both sides of The Broadway from the car park behind Queens Square. Nine stalls will be made on Haslett Avenue West. The vans will be parked near the taxi rank in Haslett Avenue West, its junction with the Broadway and near the car park.

The Friday and Saturday market in the High Street would move in October. The Queens Square Wednesday market will move in January to make way for the area’s £3m regeneration project.

A council spokesman said: “Consideration has been given to try and not locate traders right in front of shops with a similar product. The burger van is proposed to go on the corner of Haslett Avenue West and The Broadway and the fruit and veg stall over by JD sports to act as a draw.

“It is not intended to allocate all 27 stalls initially as we will also need to ensure that the regular Wednesday Queens Square traders can be located there when work there begins. Our priority is to relocate our existing loyal traders so we are not looking to take new traders on until at least the relocated market has bedded down and Queens Square traders have been accommodated.”

The council-run market will run from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays. It was hoped the relocation would increase footfall.

The management of the market is subject to review and could be contracted out.

Traders have supported the move.

Thousands of people signed petitions against plans to close the Queens Square market in 2014. People opposed closing the High Street market.

A council statement said priority would be given to relocate existing traders from the High Street and then Queens Square. Further traders could be attracted to the new market. Officers will determine the application.

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