Grantham’s market will trial a further layout in an effort to make it more appealing to shoppers.
It will see stalls condensed into an area on narrow Westgate and utilise the Market Place, beginning at the pedestrian crossing adjacent to The George Centre through to an area opposite Conduit Lane car park.
Traders, businesses and Grantham’s business community organisations have been informed of the proposals which will see the new layout trialled on four market days – Saturday July 4, 11, 18 and 25, when the existing trial layout finishes.
The trial allows for traffic to flow north on Wide Westgate and Guildhall Street.
Subsequently, Conduit Lane will remain closed for the time the market is in operation on Saturday mornings and afternoons.
The Journal has received mixed reports about the current market location being trialled, which has seen stalls be located from the pedestrian crossing adjacent to The George Centre to the pedestrian crossing on Wide Westgate.
However, one trader in favour of the Westgate location is Oliver Greet, who runs a fruit and veg stall. He said: “I personally feel that the move needed to be done for all traders. It was a great idea from SKDC.
“I spoke to members of the public shopping and all of them said it was great and it was like Grantham Market used to be – more compact and had a much better feel about it.”
SKDC’s venues and facilities manager Paul Stokes said the subsequent trial came after reviewing the responses received during the opening weeks of the existing trial layout.
He said: “We thank all traders, businesses, the local business community and the public for taking the time to give us their feedback on the initial trial. We have listened and are now responding given the amount of interest for the market to return to the Market Place and trial this location.
“The response was excellent and we are pleased so much interest has been taken by businesses, traders and the general public about the market’s location to find a solution that can make it as vibrant as possible for all parties.
“During this further trial we will again be actively seeking opinions to ensure all factors are considered before a permanent solution is agreed.”
Feedback on the new layout should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org during and after the move.
The existing trial layout will be used for a further week on Saturday, June 27.
All regular traders have been informed if they are changing location from their current pitches and markets staff will be on hand each market day to direct customers to their new positions.