Shoppers urged to have a say on proposals for Mansfield market changes

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Stallholders are calling on shoppers to have their say after a survey was launched to consider overhauling the Mansfield market layout.

Mansfield District Council are asking for views about the possibility of shifting all stalls from Westgate on to Market Place as part of a new strategy.

But the move has angered traders, who say the council is bowing to pressure from shopkeepers on Westgate.

Stephen Buxton (50), who is from Mansfield and has run a weekly picture-framing stall on Westgate for more than 19 years, said: “We appreciate that they pay high rates, but if people don’t know a shop is there, a market stall in front them is not going to make much difference.

“This is something we have been fighting for some time.

“The public have been great, we’ve had some great comments- many want to keep it as it is.

“If we have to move, we will lose our prime pitch to a spot that is less desirable.”

Held six days a week, the strategy will also reconsider the frequency of the market.

Mansfield councillor, Kate Allsop, who will make the final decision on the changes as portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “We are always looking at ways to keep the market vitalised and attractive.

“We started this 18 months ago bit I did not want to make a decision until the public had their say.

“There is a minor issue with stalls being close to shop windows, and want to know if it would be more vibrant if we held it on fewer days.

“We do want people to have their say.”

The closing date for the consultation is 18th April, so to have a say, CLICK HERE

The questionnaires are also available from the Civic Centre.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? What should be done to boost the town’s market? To send us your views CLICK HERE