Market trials a move down Bridge Street

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Bassetlaw Council upped its preparations ahead of the town’s market move by erecting a string of stalls down Bridge Street on Monday.

The trial run was to ensure events ran ‘as smoothly as possible’ come Wednesday 16th February.

One worker said the operation was “very time consuming”.

But Town Centre manager Richard Blagg said it won’t take as long on the day.

“We are doing a number of trial runs in the next few weeks to ensure the best alternative arrangements for different market days of the 90 stalls in the spaces planned for them.”

“The market stalls will normally be put up at night when there are few pedestrians and vehicles about, so delays will be minimal.”

“We’ve done these trials in the daylight on purpose, not only because it is much easier to see what we’re doing, both stall by stall and overall, but also to check on the pedestrian and traffic flows in and through the market.”

The eagerly-anticipated switch will see those trading from vehicles and providing refreshments remain outside the town hall, separate from Bridge Street stalls.

Trader Steve Stops said this goes against what they had originally requested: “We said: ‘we all move together or not at all’. I’ll give it a few months, but only time will tell.”

Mr Stops added there will be no vehicle access for traders on Bridge Street between 8.30am and 4.30pm. The only traffic allowed will be blue badge holders and deliveries for the banks.

However, with less than two weeks away from the market opening, a Bassetlaw Council spokesman said the issue was “still being finalised”.

Manager of The Barbers Shop, on Bridge Street, Toni Copland thought the move will be good for trade but raised a concern over the traffic.

“A man came out of here once and was hit in the leg by a car.He was okay but a bit shaken up,” she added.

North Anston resident Lydia Birkbeck regularly visits the town’s shops. She said: “It’s a good idea for the town, it desperately needs an injection of life.”

l Now turn to page nine to read A. A. Grundi’s take on the market moving.