Market extension refused

This year’s Bath Christmas Market won’t now be getting an extension and last for 25 days instead of the usual 18.christmas market 2013

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.

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Bath Christmas Market

 

 

 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”

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Market extension refused

  1. Good idea.
    As a Bath resident, I enjoy the market. Town has a nice atmosphere when it’s on. As a resident it’s easy to avoid the crowds of bused in visitors by going first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Personally I like going after dark, and usually spend a fortunate on the food and drink stalls (and then arrive home with nothing to show for the empty wallet!)
    As a member of the Male species, extending the market duration would be sensible. The market currently finishes before I have even started Christmas shopping!
    I don’t know any figures, but the extra visitors to the market stalls must do good for other establishments outside of the market. Just look at any bar or restaurant in market time and you can see the extra people!
    In recent years it’s great that Mike Watts and the independent traders have now got the Guildhall Market running alongside the main Christmas market also, and the bar there is great!
    Perhaps next the Christmas market could get some stalls setup in Victoria Park to encourage visitors up that way also?
    Would like to see the carousel return though!

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