I am not going to get into an argument about whether or not Bath’s Christmas Market is a good idea but – can l just point out – lessons over bad sitings in Milsom Street appear not to have been learned.
The picture above was taken last year – by the way.
Half of Jolly’s – one of Britain’s oldest department stores and currently still under commercial threat following the House of Fraser takeover – is again masked by market stalls.
This was done last year and created dead pavement space outside the store.
The same thing is happening on the other side of the road. This is the view – out into Milsom Street – if you are standing in the entrance to Paperworks.
Why aren’t they back to back in the middle of the road? There would still be space for the emergency services to get through and people could see established stores on one side of the pathway and the temporary market stalls on the other.
You ask: Why aren’t they back to back in the middle of the road?
I ask: Why aren’t they in Chew Magna … anywhere but Bath.
Dear Richard Wyatt
I’m very glad of these edicts, thank you, but I’m not on Facebook, or Twitter or Instagram or any of the others, so am at a loss as to how to make a comment.
Kind regards Celia Hutton
Notwithstanding that I will not be visiting the centre until they have gone – I really detest them – I consider the effect that the layout has on the retailers that pay high rents & business rates to show an absolute disdain by the council for these businesses. Are they not driving them away fast enough already?
Richard, I totally agree with you, and also with DK that residents of Bath don’t want this silly German style marked at all. It does very little-nothing for us.
Looking at the overflowing rubbish bin at the bottom of the steps to Sainsbury’s, I wonder whether we are inching towards the Italian situation in Naples or Milan?…
Out with the brooms!
I quite agree with all your comments. Your idea of the stalls being back to back in the middle of the road would be the answer – it would solve everything! Whatever was that not thought of?!
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I totally agree with your comments. In London they are popping up everywhere. How did we manage before itinerant traders were allowed to peddle merry junk everywhere without any consideration for local traders.
Did anyone read Duncan Campbells article in the Bath Magazine last month? re The Sheds.
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