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Excellent post of Wrexham.The Butchers and General Market get a mention but the Peoples Market seem to have not been seen.I hope WCBC take note of de ddwyrain’s comments,and act ASAP in the Peoples Market in trying to make this a contact with the rest of the town centre.
Here are a list of stall rents taken from WCBC website of commercial property to let as of today:-The Peoples Market vary from £20.93 to £13.01 per sq ft.The Butchers Market vary from £20.84 to 16.84 per sq ft.The General Market from £17.99 to £11.09 per sq ft.On top of these rents, are added a Service Charge.The Peoples Pay £6.54 per sq ft,the General is £7.94 per sq ft and the Butchers £6.70 per sq ft.
Reading the last post of Alunh,these Council officials are not paid peanuts,perhaps they should be.
The problem with Wrexham Markets is that the Council do not have a management.You cannot have one stallholder paying £20 per sq ft RENT whilst the stallholder next to them are paying £10 per sq ft RENT.It just does not make sense.
This is the rent situation in Wrexham Markets:-The stall rent is set when the tenant takes occupation of the stall.Thereafter the stall rent does not change from year to year. What does change every year is the Service Charge.Those tenants that have occupied the same stalls since say 2000 have therefore not seen an increase in Rent.However having said that in 2000 the Rents contained a Service Charge,this was to be taken out of the Rent and charged seperately as a Service Charge but unfortunately the Council made a complete mess of the Contracts.The Council charged the same Rent which contained Services and then charged for Services in a separate account.The Tenant was then paying for services twice,in the rent and in the service account.Those RENTS that included services were then used as the guide for future rents.The Council should have used a RENT figure that did not include services as the guideline.That is why RENTS to new tenants are so high and are not attracting any new stalls.In 2003 when this error took place Wrexham Council benefitted by £45,000 per year from the Butchers Market alone and in each year thereafter because of this cock up.The Council will still not meet with me to answer my questions on this mistake.
The general opinion on here is that this needs addressing.The problem is the Council who can make this happen,are not prepared to listen and follow any suggestions of merit that are put forward.They still follow the same old path,spending our money without thinking it through.Good public money thrown at the Peoples Market which has no proper footfall will be a disaster.
I think your idea is the best and most imaginative suggestion to resolve the problems of the Peoples Market and Chester Street in one sweep.This in my opinion would breathe fresh air into that area without a doubt.I also for a long time have thought that there were hidden agendas.With regard to the Management of the Markets,my opinion is that despite what WCB say the Management will never change.The Town Centre Manager has not the experiance to come up with an idea like this.
The Chief Executive of the Council gives the Manager of the Markets the responsibility,but not the necessary AUTHORITY to carry out the tasks of putting the Markets on a better footing.The Markets bring good money into the Council coffers yet there is no re investment back into the Markets.
In my opinion the only way the Sioppa Hoppa would work for Wrexham is if we had a Park and Ride System.As previously alluded to the passengers were mainly old or disabled and therefore non paying passengers.The service needed to bring fare paying visitor passengers from a Park and Ride to have any chance of success.
@Welsh Dresser 6192 wrote:
If he isn’t cost effective can we scrap him?
YES. Too old in his ways and out of date.
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