Council markets face uncertain future

Western Telegraph: REVIEW: Haverfordwest market at Riverside, is among those inlcuded in the review of markets across Pembrokeshire.  (2814187) REVIEW: Haverfordwest market at Riverside, is among those inlcuded in the review of markets across Pembrokeshire. (2814187)

THE future of four county markets hangs in the balance after cabinet members approved a review on Monday (December 2).

Pembrokeshire County Council’s review will look at the future of its markets in Haverfordwest, Tenby, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock.

According to a report by the council’s director of development, put before cabinet members, the markets are considered “not profitable, when taking into account whole costs of management and future capital requirements”.

The report added: “The provision of markets is a discretionary function and the relatively modest size of the facilities limits the ability to generate significant socio-economic benefits for the county.

“Furthermore, there is no capacity being created for future investment into developing and improving the facilities.”

The options due to be considered in the review include: sale to a commercial market operator, letting to a commercial market operator, letting to third sector/tenant consortium, retention by the council, provision in more appropriate premises, and closure.

Cabinet member for economy Cllr David Pugh said: “I think this is a timely review, given the work being undertaken on town centre regeneration.

“Something I would like to say is that we will look at all of the options – each market is totally different and the amount of support they get is totally different, which might mean a different solution for each market.”

He added: “I think it’s an opportunity, certainly here in Haverfordwest, to create some exciting prospects if we get the provision right.”

A further report will be presented to cabinet in February.

Haverfordwest stallholder. Priscilla Williams, of Bubbles and Co. toy shop, and Hair Delights, attended the meeting.

Speaking afterwards, she said: “We want people to know the market is not closing down. People need to come in and see it’s thriving. We are open for business.”

But fellow trader Jan Maundrrill, of Treasure Chest, added: “People do not even know we are there. We have all done our best to make our units looks nice, but the building needs a coat of paint inside and out, and the toilets are atrocious.

“Up until recently half the stalls were empty. Now the stalls are full and they are going to close us down. They’re not taking any notice of us.”

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10:38pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Gogledd says...

May I put it that this is all tied in with Conygar,...the Sainsburys developer?...I understand they want to develop the land near to this area...without the Market there and the aquisition of this property they would have more space to make money wouldnt they at local peoples expense and so who are they buttering up at the moment? in order to achieve this......
May I put it that this is all tied in with Conygar,...the Sainsburys developer?...I understand they want to develop the land near to this area...without the Market there and the aquisition of this property they would have more space to make money wouldnt they at local peoples expense and so who are they buttering up at the moment? in order to achieve this...... Gogledd

1:03am Wed 4 Dec 13

Justiceforall says...

Markets should be protected, they give an environment for traders who cannot afford shops, a chance to sell their goods and services minus high overheads.
Markets should be protected, they give an environment for traders who cannot afford shops, a chance to sell their goods and services minus high overheads. Justiceforall

12:04pm Wed 4 Dec 13

js9325 says...

I agree markets give small traders an opportunity to sell their goods and services, but there are a lot of privately owned similar situations around Britain that seem to do a better job than PCC, particularly in the antiques and collectables field. If the place looks dowdy, with poor lighting it puts people off going in there. A private landlord would spruce the place up and a greater footfall would lead to increased sales and so even if rents had to rise a bit the retailers would probably find they made more so were better off.
I agree markets give small traders an opportunity to sell their goods and services, but there are a lot of privately owned similar situations around Britain that seem to do a better job than PCC, particularly in the antiques and collectables field. If the place looks dowdy, with poor lighting it puts people off going in there. A private landlord would spruce the place up and a greater footfall would lead to increased sales and so even if rents had to rise a bit the retailers would probably find they made more so were better off. js9325

10:56pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Tttoommy says...

Gogledd wrote:
May I put it that this is all tied in with Conygar,...the Sainsburys developer?...I understand they want to develop the land near to this area...without the Market there and the aquisition of this property they would have more space to make money wouldnt they at local peoples expense and so who are they buttering up at the moment? in order to achieve this......
Conygar, I wondered who these ppl were advertising in the Telegraph wishing the ppl of Pembs. a lovely Christmas
[quote][p][bold]Gogledd[/bold] wrote: May I put it that this is all tied in with Conygar,...the Sainsburys developer?...I understand they want to develop the land near to this area...without the Market there and the aquisition of this property they would have more space to make money wouldnt they at local peoples expense and so who are they buttering up at the moment? in order to achieve this......[/p][/quote]Conygar, I wondered who these ppl were advertising in the Telegraph wishing the ppl of Pembs. a lovely Christmas Tttoommy

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