April 6,2012 Somerset Standard
Plans to introduce a new Sunday market in Frome town centre and to inject more cash into the existing twice weekly markets has won approval from the town and Mendip District councils.
The new proposals are an attempt to halt the gradual decline of Frome’s markets held every Wednesday and Saturday morning.
A survey revealed that people wanted the markets to remain in the Market Yard car park with a smattering of stall holders at the Boyle Cross in the Market Place. Plans to close the Market Place to traffic were not popular.
The new option involves leaving the existing traders in their current location but with new stalls in front of Frome Library, within the Westway Centre leading into Scott Road up to WHSmith, possibly on the wide pavement area outside Superdrug and in King Street.
The Mayor of Frome Nick White said auctioneers Cooper and Tanner were prepared to bring back the local produce auction which traditionally had been held in the old Market Hall every Wednesday morning if there was enough support from smallholders and businesses.
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