January 7, 2012 Swindon Advertiser
A TRADITIONAL street market could be re-established in the town centre as part of a bid to support retailers and regenerate the area.
Swindon Council’s licensing committee will consider proposals on Wednesday to set up a working group and consult with fixed retailers to establish how a market could work there.
“If people are coming in for the market, they’re bound to go into other shops as well as, so it would help to reinvigorate the town centre.”
Coun Vera Tomlinson, chairman of the licensing committee
In the 1970s and 1980s, Swindon used to have a large street market in the former surface car park, situated where Fleet Square is now, but it declined in the 1990s.
The idea of bringing back a street market came from Coun Vera Tomlinson, chairman of the licensing committee, who used to own several shops elsewhere in the country.
Coun Tomlinson said: “Really I think a good market in Swindon could bring some life back to the town centre.
“And if it’s held on good days, it could bring business to some of the permanent businesses.
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