Ipswich Star by Paul Geater
A battle was looming today over the future of the market after retail legend Sir Stuart Rose gave his recipe to boost the town centre.
Speaking at the Star-sponsored Beacon Town conference, the former boss of Marks and Spencer told delegates that the town centre was the most depressing place he had ever seen – and called for the Cornhill to be cleared to create an open piazza.
He offered to transform the heart of the town for £200,000 – an offer seized on by the borough which pledged to work with Sir Stuart to improve Ipswich.
But it is the proposal to move the market that seems set to spark a heated debate, with one market trader claiming that moving the market from the Cornhill would “kill it stone dead”.
Sir Stuart visited the town centre with Ipswich Central chief executive Paul Clement before Friday afternoon’s conference. Following the visit, Sir Stuart told the Beacon Town delegates: “It is the most depressing place I have ever seen. Standing in the town centre with the empty shops, it is a barren wasteland.”
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