WINCHESTER councillors have asked for an economic assessment of the High Street market.
An overview and scrutiny committee told officers to prepare a report into the market after examining High Street footfall statistics that showed a drop of around 100,000 visitors this year compared to 2012.
Speaking at the meeting on Monday (July 1), Cllr Robert Sanders said: “Does the reduction in footfall mirror the introduction of the market? If you say that every visitor to the city is worth £20 each, that is a £2m drop in revenue for retailers.
“The former council leader George Beckett said he would move the market to The Broadway, which is where it should be. Members of my ward would support that. Before we make a commitment for another year of the market a report should come to this committee so we can scrutinise it.”
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