Regeneration Of Indoor Markets.

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    TheSpectre
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    Do not worry people wrexham council’s masterplan will take of everything as we all know that they are ‘experts’ in all things, we can see this by what has happened in the past.

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    Nen
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    I know that the Wrexham Town Matters FB group, etc always go on about the indoor markets and how important they are to the town. And then there was the hubbub when the People’s market closed to make way for the Art Hub.

    But…and maybe this is just me….aren’t indoor markets (or at least the ones in Wrexham, People’s market being a prime example) a bit outdated? Smelly, dirty, largely poor quality goods (not all) and a dingy environment. Only older people really seem to frequent them and, sadly, today’s old people are not going to be around forever.

    IMO, the indoor markets need completely re-imagining if they are going to remain relevant, not just cleaned up, a lick of paint and modernised a bit. Either do it properly or just shut them down – as that’s what will happen over time anyway.

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    jimbow
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    I know that the Wrexham Town Matters FB group, etc always go on about the indoor markets and how important they are to the town. And then there was the hubbub when the People’s market closed to make way for the Art Hub.

    But…and maybe this is just me….aren’t indoor markets (or at least the ones in Wrexham, People’s market being a prime example) a bit outdated? Smelly, dirty, largely poor quality goods (not all) and a dingy environment. Only older people really seem to frequent them and, sadly, today’s old people are not going to be around forever.

    IMO, the indoor markets need completely re-imagining if they are going to remain relevant, not just cleaned up, a lick of paint and modernised a bit. Either do it properly or just shut them down – as that’s what will happen over time anyway.

    How dare you come on here talking sense. It’s not only you that thinks this way, I do too, The Council are going to spend £400k over the next 5 years and there will be nothing to show in return.

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    Alunh
    Alunh
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    You make an excellent point Nen. There is a case to close the Markets completely if they are allowed to drift into oblivion. Spending money on them is useful but it’s never a silver bullet and pouring money into the Markets without a complete rethink about their purpose is a waste of everyone’s time and money.

    The funny things is, WCBC have brought in two organisations to look at the Markets and their place in Wrexham’s retail mix, Quarterbridge and the Manchester Met. The Met are experts on Markets and Market towns and they have produced reports galore explaining how Markets are invaluable to towns and the traps to avoid falling into where bad Markets are concerned. If you google the Markets Matter reports you will see their commentary on towns and Markets and you are quite right in identifying the fact that Markets that naval gaze will just deteriorate at the Rate Payer’s expense. If you look across the border at Bury and Altrincham, you will see two markets operating in a very different way to our own, which are major tourist pulls and which have helped revive the respective Independent sectors of their towns

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