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Is our market a market?


Bill
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I took my wife for a day out yesterday and on the way home we called into Bury Market.

What’s the difference between Bury and Warrington because we’ve both got about the same population, but their market is huge (probably ten times the size of ours) and packed full of people just like ours used to be. Makes me wonder if moving things away from the traditional market was a wrong move for our town.

 

Bill 😊

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Not been into the "market" since it was rebuilt, partly due to the covid restrictions at the time and partly due to not needing to go into town centre for anything apart from dental appointments and eye tests.

To be honest i wouldn't know where to park for one thing. The multi storey is a mystery to me on how you get in and out of the place never having been in that since the revamp.

Cockhedge either short stay or otherwise leaves quite a hike which plays havoc with the hip at present.

Getting a bus to town is too expensive for now, not yet qualified for the bus pass until next year at least if they haven't changed the criteria again by then.

Add to that the new road layouts and getting anywhere i use to go is at best baffling and at worse an impossibility.

May make the effort soon just to see what it is like now and what stalls remain from the old market.

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Yep, that’s true Dave, although judging by the size of the car park I’d bet the majority arrived by bus and car.

Bury seems to prove the theory if you build it, they will come. They made their market traditional without any high-tech glass and chrome and I think this allows them to offer lower rates for the traders, and more traders means more choice, and this in tern attracts more people.

Contrast that with our shiny new bistro/café affair decorated with a handful of market stalls none of which seem to offer low prices normally associated with markets. Looks nice and modern but a market it’s not.

 

Bill 😊

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Unfortunately, planning in Warrington has been developer rather than community led.   A true "agora" we don't have, but a larger, central market would have proved a draw imo; plus, could have been enhanced by the sale of local produce, as in "farmers markets"; could have possibly encouraged the allotment industry, providing cheap organic food in the current hard times.     :rolleyes:

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