December 31, 2011 Peterborough Today
SHOPPERS are expected to pour into Peterborough’s market under exciting new plans to revitalise the ailing trading complex.
The vision for the market in Laxton Square includes giving it a facelift, a new name and even put it under private ownership.
The blueprint has been put together by newly appointed market chairman Ed Cullum who will sit down with Peterborough City Council officers in the next few weeks in an attempt to secure their backing.
Mr Cullum, who runs Mad Ed’s Discount Store, said: “I want everyone – market traders, the council and the public – to be proud of its market.
“Everyone wants the market to be improved, and these are some ideas we want to look at.
“Rather than complaining that the City Market is too far away from the city centre, the Laxton Square area could be revitalised and be seen as a retail part of the city in its own right.”
Mr Cullum wants it to rival Queensgate Shopping Centre as the newly renamed Laxton Square Shopping.
Under the proposals, all city markets, such as the Christmas market and the continental market, would be incorporated in one place, and control of the market could be switched from the council to the private sector.
The city market has space for 147 stall holders but currently has only about 80 to 90 traders.
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