February 2, 2012 Somerset Standard
A partnership of traders, business people, residents and councillors have agreed to work together to regenerate Frome’s market.
An ongoing consultation on the future of the market will begin next week with district councillors allowing a three month period to look at all the options available to make the market as successful as possible.
The decision to spend time looking at all proposals followed an initial outcry when the Somerset Standard reported two weeks ago that Mendip District Council had proposed a radical new market scheme for Frome.
The proposal was for a three-month trial which would see the market moved to the town centre on a Saturday – with more stalls being put in place and road closures implemented if necessary.
Residents, market traders, councillors and business people in the town were concerned that the road closures had been applied for without consultation with interested parties in the town.
Now all options are back on the table – and the new partnership say they are keen to get as much local feedback as possible.
Leading the project, councillor Philip Ham, the portfolio holder for governance, assets and public spaces, said he wanted to make it clear that all plans were still open for discussion and that nothing was set in stone – including possible road closures and the re-location of the market.
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