NOTE: This content is old - Published: Saturday, Feb 2nd, 2013.
The future of Wrexham’s town centre markets will be discussed on Wednesday at the Council’s Employment, Investment and Business Scrutiny Committee.
You can read the report that is being discussed by clicking here (PDF on council’s website)
The report follows an consultation exercise undertaken at the end of last year and the general decline in trader occupancy in Wrexhams three markets.
The report states occupancy at the markets has reduced from 90% in 2007 to around 70% at the present time. This is compared to a 10% reported vacancy rate in town centre shops – we assume this figure is based on Council owned properties rather than the town centre as a whole!
Key areas for discussion include whether to retain the current provision or reconfigure it and commence on a programme of Investment and Improvement.
The markets currently house 78 stalls occupied by 65 different traders selling a variety of goods. They currently employ 250 people and the Monday market helps to sustain approximately 60 jobs in the wider region. They also provide business opportunities for people who are considering self employment.
Barry Williams, who owns Beauty Box in the People’s Market and is a representative of the National Market Traders Federation will be present at the meeting. He said “I am looking forward to hearing what the committee’s views are on the various options put forward. What is clear is that we cannot stand still, something has to be done to improve the markets in Wrexham.”
The meeting begins at 6.15 at Committee Room 3 in the Guildhall and is open to the public. If you pop along say hello to us!
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(The report mentions a market survey was publicised via an advert in the Leader newspaper. Eagle eyed readers may remember we publicised it as well – here – however this was not a paid advert).