This year’s Bath Christmas Market won’t now be getting an extension and last for 25 days instead of the usual 18.
A planning application sought permission for the market – including 173 retail chalets, 6 catering units and4 mobile catering units – to run from November 24th through to December 18th. That’s a week longer than normal.
But the extension was turned down when it came to a vote – despite being recommended for approval.
The application was supported by organisations like Bath Preservation Trust who saw extra museum visits and benefits to other retail traders but other organisations like the Federation of Bath Residents Association are objecting on grounds of inconvenience to residents, business and retailers. They said the market creates noise, pollution and traffic congestion.
Walcot Street Traders’ Association representatives, Martin Tracy and Jenny Pollitt told the Bath Newseum:
“We see this as a small victory for common sense and the ability to look beyond short-term economic viability in favour of a long-term vision to create a successful city for everyone.
Teaming up with Nick Tobin from FOBRA was key to our success – bringing together Bath residents and small businesses whose lives would be disrupted by the extension showed how working together brings results. We are especially grateful for the support of Abbey Ward Councillor, Peter Turner who spoke so passionately and eloquently against the proposed extension”
We are especially grateful for the support of Abbey Ward Councillor, Peter Turner who spoke so passionately and eloquently against the proposed extension”