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Traders vote no to moving Eastgate Market

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

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Stall holders at Eastgate Market say no to the idea from the council to move the market upstairs

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Traders on Eastgate Market have overwhelmingly voted to stay where they are.

Plans to move the market upstairs to make way for a new TK Maxx have been rejected 21 votes to three in the ballot.

Council leader Paul James yesterday said that he would stand by a promise not to force the traders to move unless they chose to themselves.

But traders fear that the council’s financial report into the cost of refurbishing the current market will make it ‘cost prohibitive’ to stay because it would be reflected in higher rents that they could not afford.

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Instead they believe the council’s report will show that it is cheaper to move upstairs in The Eastgate shopping centre, a move that has been repeatedly dismissed by most traders.

Darren Payne, from the Farmhouse deli stall, which he has run for three decades, said: “We thought that a vote would be the best way to show how we feel about moving and we have decided that we want to stay exactly where we are.

“Even though they say they won’t move us they will try to make it cost prohibitive to stay. We just don’t trust what they are going to do.

“At the end of the day this is our livelihood. My stall alone employs five people.

“This market is part of Gloucester’s history and it is what makes us unique. We don’t want to lose that – we do not want Gloucester to just look like every other town or city.

“The council put forward this very romantic image of markets in Milan and Florence but at the end of the day this is Gloucester and we just know that moving upstairs would spell the end for the market.”

It is thought that a restoration of the current site might cost up to £750,000 compared to a cheaper alternative move upstairs.

Councillor James said: “We are hoping that in the next week or so the traders will be provided with the financial information they need to make a decision.

“We will be sticking with what we have said.

“Darren is entitled to his opinion and I can understand a certain degree of scepticism but they will be true figures and what they say will be what the situation is.”

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15 comments

  • Rob_quedgeley  |  March 13 2014, 10:19PM

    Woah! That's a lot of thumbs down. The truth is a bitter pill.

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  • emseaell  |  March 13 2014, 5:05PM

    tell them they can make better money sat at the computer like my great aunts uncles nephews grandsons daughter

  • Glos_Lad34  |  March 13 2014, 1:37PM

    @Rob_quedgeley Scared of moving again I'd bet.

  • Rob_quedgeley  |  March 13 2014, 1:13PM

    Why are they so keen to stay? The market is an absolute dump. Dingy, miserable and dated.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  March 13 2014, 1:10PM

    If the Market which is stuck in the 70's does not update with the rest of Gloucester City Centre and If it's not moved in or outside of the Eastgate Shopping Centre then It'll die off.

  • gloschanel  |  March 13 2014, 12:33PM

    Leave the market alone, it's been there longer than the ages of most of the councilors. So it needs updating/grading, so does a lot of things in Gloucester, how many times has Kings Square been updated compared to the market and its being done again. I thought this council was looking after small businesses not shoving them into oblivion.

  • jas37  |  March 12 2014, 11:21PM

    jackson99, What the Council (and the rest of us) would gain from this is a much more vibrant City Centre. The City Centre (and most of the City's residents) is screaming out for stores such as T K Maxx. Most of us want to see people do their Shopping In Gloucester, not in Cheltenham, Bristol etc

  • jackson99  |  March 12 2014, 11:03PM

    The Council just Cares about TK Maxx moving in. Just wonder how much the Council gains in all this.

  • jas37  |  March 12 2014, 10:34PM

    It sounds as if the Market Traders are cutting of their noses to spite their faces. Surely they will not be able or willing to pay the genuine Market rate for their stalls once the Building has been repaired/refurbished? Many of the comments seem to ignore the obvious facts- Not one single person who has objected to the Market move appears to have suggested where the money is going to come from (perhaps they think it will come from that money tree again). Some have suggested that there are plenty of other buildings that T K Maxx could move into when this is blatantly untrue. The only unit big enough (the Southgate St building owned by M&S) has already been ruled out by T K Maxx. The Council surely must make the decision that will benefit the City as a whole. Most people want to see our City Centre improve and thrive, the last thing they would want is to see the Council spend another £750k (of our Council tax) on the Market while still heavily subsidising the Market traders rents. Which Council Services do these traders suggest are cut to subsidise them to this extent?

  • ATTERS72  |  March 12 2014, 10:05PM

    How about the old jumpin jaks site. Not far from current site. Ground floor. Empty for years. Easy access. Disabilty scooters around the corner in the car park. Bus stop outside. Seems perfect to me.

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