Worcester market stalls saved after council agrees to spread them out

Worcester market stalls saved after council agrees to spread them out

Worcester market stalls saved after council agrees to spread them out

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

MARKET traders in Worcester who feared for their livelihoods have been found a new solution - after council chiefs agreed to spread them across the city.

After your Worcester News revealed how the Angel Place traders faced being homeless during a £555,000 revamp of the site, an agreement has been struck to find them new locations.

More than 20 markets, many of whom have been in Worcester for years, will be based in Pump Street, Church Street, Bank Street and various spots along the bustling High Street from this Tuesday.

All but two traders have been found new locations, which came about after we highlighted their plight.

Yesterday afternoon the stallholders spoke of their relief over the decision, which means they can take advantage of the lucrative pre-Christmas period.

Most of them welcomed the news they had got new temporary homes, despite being split up.

Trader Glenys Patrick, who sells pot plants, said: "We're going outside TK Maxx in the High Street, which for us is a very good location so we're pleased.

"It's a shame we're not all together but it's a good outcome."

Fellow seller Jason Gisbourne, who sells pet food and is moving to outside Debenhams, said: "Will it be good for us? Nobody can say until next week.

"It takes years to build a business but weeks to destroy it. We'll have to wait and see."

Duncan Squires, 60, who runs Angel Flowers and is moving to the junction of Broad Street and the High Street, said: "We'd all like to have stayed but in the circumstances it's a good solution - we're glad they've found us something."

Among the two traders not to have found a new site was D&M Meats, which has been in Angel Place 25 years.

Mike Jacob, a partner at the business, said: "We suggested several possible locations to the council but were knocked back - we're having to make two lads redundant now because of this."

Angel Place market will shut next week for a 13-week revamp, and will re-open as a new look site from the start of December with extra stalls, new-look units and repaving.

Duncan Sharkey, city council managing director, said: "As with any operation on this scale, it has not been achieved without some disruption, and I would like to thank the Angel Place traders for their flexibility and understanding while the work is underway.

"We are very confident that in the long run, Worcester will benefit from a fresh approach to the market it offers to residents and visitors."

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1:27pm Fri 5 Sep 14

komic1 says...

Oh Good, I was getting worried where I'd buy flowers from and pots to put them in....
Oh Good, I was getting worried where I'd buy flowers from and pots to put them in.... komic1
  • Score: -6

4:51pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Gorecki says...

You never want to be negative about anyone/risk their livelyhood, but to be honest I think the D&M van is one of the causes of Angel Place looking downtrodden and shabby...

The noise and pollution of the engine, the noise of the loudspeaker and to be honest the general concept of auctioning meat off the back of a lorry.

Think the council should help them rather than kick them out though, don't know if they could be given some assistance to set-up as a regular butchers in a stall/un-used shop instead?
You never want to be negative about anyone/risk their livelyhood, but to be honest I think the D&M van is one of the causes of Angel Place looking downtrodden and shabby... The noise and pollution of the engine, the noise of the loudspeaker and to be honest the general concept of auctioning meat off the back of a lorry. Think the council should help them rather than kick them out though, don't know if they could be given some assistance to set-up as a regular butchers in a stall/un-used shop instead? Gorecki
  • Score: 5

5:36pm Fri 5 Sep 14

266srm says...

Shame the monthly vintage/ antique fair has been forgotten about by the council.
Shame the monthly vintage/ antique fair has been forgotten about by the council. 266srm
  • Score: 5

8:10am Sat 6 Sep 14

truth must out says...

Gorecki wrote:
You never want to be negative about anyone/risk their livelyhood, but to be honest I think the D&M van is one of the causes of Angel Place looking downtrodden and shabby...

The noise and pollution of the engine, the noise of the loudspeaker and to be honest the general concept of auctioning meat off the back of a lorry.

Think the council should help them rather than kick them out though, don't know if they could be given some assistance to set-up as a regular butchers in a stall/un-used shop instead?
The loudspeaker is no worse than the other traders shouting their wares, it's NOT an auction and the meat is always well presented and a good bargain price. The lorry is also right outside the bus station so maybe a lot of pollution may be coming from there..
[quote][p][bold]Gorecki[/bold] wrote: You never want to be negative about anyone/risk their livelyhood, but to be honest I think the D&M van is one of the causes of Angel Place looking downtrodden and shabby... The noise and pollution of the engine, the noise of the loudspeaker and to be honest the general concept of auctioning meat off the back of a lorry. Think the council should help them rather than kick them out though, don't know if they could be given some assistance to set-up as a regular butchers in a stall/un-used shop instead?[/p][/quote]The loudspeaker is no worse than the other traders shouting their wares, it's NOT an auction and the meat is always well presented and a good bargain price. The lorry is also right outside the bus station so maybe a lot of pollution may be coming from there.. truth must out
  • Score: 0

1:59pm Sat 6 Sep 14

joestansmith says...

truth must out wrote:
Gorecki wrote:
You never want to be negative about anyone/risk their livelyhood, but to be honest I think the D&M van is one of the causes of Angel Place looking downtrodden and shabby...

The noise and pollution of the engine, the noise of the loudspeaker and to be honest the general concept of auctioning meat off the back of a lorry.

Think the council should help them rather than kick them out though, don't know if they could be given some assistance to set-up as a regular butchers in a stall/un-used shop instead?
The loudspeaker is no worse than the other traders shouting their wares, it's NOT an auction and the meat is always well presented and a good bargain price. The lorry is also right outside the bus station so maybe a lot of pollution may be coming from there..
I think the point may be more about the fact that the meat van isn't exactly classy and therefore doesn't help the grotty look of the market as is/was.
In fact it's probably the worst offender as far as that's concerned, no offense to the trader or the product, but hopefully the new market place will have a bit more class and look less like Dudley market or wherever.
[quote][p][bold]truth must out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gorecki[/bold] wrote: You never want to be negative about anyone/risk their livelyhood, but to be honest I think the D&M van is one of the causes of Angel Place looking downtrodden and shabby... The noise and pollution of the engine, the noise of the loudspeaker and to be honest the general concept of auctioning meat off the back of a lorry. Think the council should help them rather than kick them out though, don't know if they could be given some assistance to set-up as a regular butchers in a stall/un-used shop instead?[/p][/quote]The loudspeaker is no worse than the other traders shouting their wares, it's NOT an auction and the meat is always well presented and a good bargain price. The lorry is also right outside the bus station so maybe a lot of pollution may be coming from there..[/p][/quote]I think the point may be more about the fact that the meat van isn't exactly classy and therefore doesn't help the grotty look of the market as is/was. In fact it's probably the worst offender as far as that's concerned, no offense to the trader or the product, but hopefully the new market place will have a bit more class and look less like Dudley market or wherever. joestansmith
  • Score: 3

8:33pm Sat 6 Sep 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Gorecki wrote:
You never want to be negative about anyone/risk their livelyhood, but to be honest I think the D&M van is one of the causes of Angel Place looking downtrodden and shabby...

The noise and pollution of the engine, the noise of the loudspeaker and to be honest the general concept of auctioning meat off the back of a lorry.

Think the council should help them rather than kick them out though, don't know if they could be given some assistance to set-up as a regular butchers in a stall/un-used shop instead?
If they were to try and set up in a stall they would need to install refrigeration, hand washing facilities etc.
These facilities are all contained within the truck which he is able to use in other places on other days. To have a stall or shop containing these facilities where they are only used one day a week would increase his overheads considerably meaning his prices would have to rise.
[quote][p][bold]Gorecki[/bold] wrote: You never want to be negative about anyone/risk their livelyhood, but to be honest I think the D&M van is one of the causes of Angel Place looking downtrodden and shabby... The noise and pollution of the engine, the noise of the loudspeaker and to be honest the general concept of auctioning meat off the back of a lorry. Think the council should help them rather than kick them out though, don't know if they could be given some assistance to set-up as a regular butchers in a stall/un-used shop instead?[/p][/quote]If they were to try and set up in a stall they would need to install refrigeration, hand washing facilities etc. These facilities are all contained within the truck which he is able to use in other places on other days. To have a stall or shop containing these facilities where they are only used one day a week would increase his overheads considerably meaning his prices would have to rise. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 1

10:09pm Sat 6 Sep 14

D8E411 says...

Whilst I am glad the stall holders have not had to lose out on income, they will have a fantastic new area of the city to go back to once work is completed, so all's not bad!
Whilst I am glad the stall holders have not had to lose out on income, they will have a fantastic new area of the city to go back to once work is completed, so all's not bad! D8E411
  • Score: 3

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