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Newcastle traders to get specialist advice on market

Newcastle Borough Council Headquarters

Newcastle’s market traders are to receive specialist advice on how to make the town’s historic outdoor market more sustainable.

Members of the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) will visit the market and talk with traders today.

Councillor Stephen Sweeney, Cabinet member for finance and efficiency, said: “Newcastle’s market, like those up and down the country, is experiencing difficulties as a result of changes in lifestyle and shopping habits.

"We need to make sure the market can adapt its offer to attract both new customers and new traders.

“We are grateful to the NABMA members for their time and expertise and although the association will be working independently with the traders we look forward to hearing the ideas they bring forward.”

The Council’s recent public consultation, which closed at the beginning of this month, revealed a number of key themes.

More than half of respondents used the market more than once a week and food, plants and bric-a-brac are the most popular purchases.

There was renewed interest expressed by the majority of respondents in the introduction of artisan food, craft and continental markets.

It was strongly felt that the location of the market is still good – The Stones area of High Street - where it has been for hundreds of years.

However, some respondents felt that the market should be less spread out and more compact.

Outcomes from the specialist NABMA review and the full results of the public consultation will be reported to the Council’s Economy, Environment and Place Scrutiny Committee in March.

 

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