LETTER: Winchester Debenhams is the right place for the lined market

SIR: The way forward for the Debenhams web site has given rise to many recommendations. The Winchester Labor Get together is now placing ahead an thought that’s already garnering important assist from current prospecting. The entire of the bottom flooring and probably upwards ought to grow to be the lined lined market of Winchester.

It is a perfect location with pedestrian entry from the Excessive Road and particularly near the bus station. The Market Lane items entrance would supply easy accessibility to the stalls with accessible parking for merchants within the Colebrook Road automobile park. Attracting native impartial merchants providing selection and competitors, it can assist the native financial system with farm and smallholder merchandise. Indoor and hotter sales space buying and selling circumstances could possibly be out there 12 months spherical, saving gas and offering a greater carbon footprint. By considerably contributing to the stimulation of the native financial system, it can create a really nice community-oriented shopping center vacation spot. Along with backyard merchandise, all sorts of different merchandise, antiques, books, data, clothes, presents, flowers and completely different meals choices could possibly be welcomed. Home markets don’t pose a aggressive menace to established shops, certainly, all thrive on coexistence and completely different choices.

Proof has proven that the place lined markets exist, managed effectively and successfully, there may be all the time an related enhance in native footfall. Profitable indoor markets similar to Leeds, Darlington, Oxford, Brixton, Bristol, Leicester, Norwich, Camden Lock in London have all elevated native retailer commerce.

The markets create the well-being buzz of the road scene. They produce nice worth for cash and have a good time tradition, identification, variety and inclusiveness. All of them have sturdy native attachments and folks from numerous backgrounds meet, purchase and alternate concepts. Markets are public areas which might be properly designed, served, protected and geared to the event of financial and cultural life. Public areas like these play a significant position within the social and financial lifetime of communities as a result of individuals create locations, not the opposite approach round.

Peter Rees,

Member – Winchester Constituency Labor Get together,

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