Market to return to Colchester High Street

Essex County Standard: Market to return to Colchester High Street Market to return to Colchester High Street

COLCHESTER’S market is to return to the High Street for the first time in a generation.

Town hall bosses have unveiled plans to move the 36 market stalls from Culver Street West and East to a 200 metre stretch of the High Street from next spring.

Karen Turnbull, Colchester Council’s enterprise and tourism development manager, said the aim was to recreate a proper market and bring more shoppers into the town centre.

For the full plans, see Wednesday's Gazette

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9:43am Wed 18 Jun 14

stevedawson says...

Blimey has someone had a brain transplant?sensible thinking at last.next spring though?the transplant wasn't that successful.
Blimey has someone had a brain transplant?sensible thinking at last.next spring though?the transplant wasn't that successful. stevedawson
  • Score: -5

9:55am Wed 18 Jun 14

TheIdesOfMarch says...

people will not come here because of the parking.
colchester has such a bad name now with shoppers, we get the occasional
regular from ipswich, throw back to the boutique days of colchester.
the parking charges here are extortionate and forget about what everywhere else charges.
saturdays should be £2 all day all, over town and sundays.
stop being greedy with the town
you know you make a shed load of money out of car parking fees and parking fines.
you want people to spend money how about giving a little in return.
what about a cashback offer where you get £2/3 back when you spend it in a store like they do in ipswich?
you get 2 coupons in the car, one that stays in the vehicle and one you can redeem against goods.
people will not come here because of the parking. colchester has such a bad name now with shoppers, we get the occasional regular from ipswich, throw back to the boutique days of colchester. the parking charges here are extortionate and forget about what everywhere else charges. saturdays should be £2 all day all, over town and sundays. stop being greedy with the town you know you make a shed load of money out of car parking fees and parking fines. you want people to spend money how about giving a little in return. what about a cashback offer where you get £2/3 back when you spend it in a store like they do in ipswich? you get 2 coupons in the car, one that stays in the vehicle and one you can redeem against goods. TheIdesOfMarch
  • Score: 0

10:04am Wed 18 Jun 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

The first positive move made in years to help the high street. Well done. Praise where praise is due
The first positive move made in years to help the high street. Well done. Praise where praise is due Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: 7

10:15am Wed 18 Jun 14

brooks says...

will the high street have a regular spring clean before we inflict the hordes of shoppers to the disgustingness that is the colchester high street? Whoever is in charge go check it out for yourself!!!! especially the phone box on the side of the town hall and near the bus stops which I think must be a target for late night yobbos who use the side of it as a good tipping off point for whatever they expulse from their orifices.....and yes, parking should be affordable. Perhaps then there will be enough shoppers shopping in the town centre on a regular basis as well as for market day.
will the high street have a regular spring clean before we inflict the hordes of shoppers to the disgustingness that is the colchester high street? Whoever is in charge go check it out for yourself!!!! especially the phone box on the side of the town hall and near the bus stops which I think must be a target for late night yobbos who use the side of it as a good tipping off point for whatever they expulse from their orifices.....and yes, parking should be affordable. Perhaps then there will be enough shoppers shopping in the town centre on a regular basis as well as for market day. brooks
  • Score: -11

10:26am Wed 18 Jun 14

jammin says...

Excellent news!!!

Something positive for once. Good for the traders, good for shoppers and good for Colchester! A market like that every week will bring back a buzz to the High Street

I remember when it was on the High Street when I was a kid, will bring back fond memories!
Excellent news!!! Something positive for once. Good for the traders, good for shoppers and good for Colchester! A market like that every week will bring back a buzz to the High Street I remember when it was on the High Street when I was a kid, will bring back fond memories! jammin
  • Score: -5

10:38am Wed 18 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Great news! Just what is needed to revitalise the Town, as long as it's not passed over to a private company to run.
Great news! Just what is needed to revitalise the Town, as long as it's not passed over to a private company to run. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: -7

10:50am Wed 18 Jun 14

whatalaugh says...

It's about time the market went back home to the high street if they do that let's stop the traffic coming down it while the market on. Plus I do agree with the parking it sucks do all car parks when the market is on for £2.50 for 3 hours only
It's about time the market went back home to the high street if they do that let's stop the traffic coming down it while the market on. Plus I do agree with the parking it sucks do all car parks when the market is on for £2.50 for 3 hours only whatalaugh
  • Score: -20

11:18am Wed 18 Jun 14

romantic says...

Excellent news, and a sensible decision. Like the infinite number of monkeys and typewriters, it was bound to happen in the end. Putting the market all together creates an atmosphere (and hopefully sales) far better than when the stalls are scattered around town. This will bring people to the High Street, which can seem like almost a forgotten street. I'm sure Williams & Griffin will be happy too, as it brings people towards them as well.
Excellent news, and a sensible decision. Like the infinite number of monkeys and typewriters, it was bound to happen in the end. Putting the market all together creates an atmosphere (and hopefully sales) far better than when the stalls are scattered around town. This will bring people to the High Street, which can seem like almost a forgotten street. I'm sure Williams & Griffin will be happy too, as it brings people towards them as well. romantic
  • Score: -15

11:33am Wed 18 Jun 14

Dave Bruce says...

Wonders will never cease! Okay, what's the catch?
Wonders will never cease! Okay, what's the catch? Dave Bruce
  • Score: -15

11:41am Wed 18 Jun 14

meadowlady says...

Will the market only be there on Saturdays? Surely not every day. I couldn't bear it.
Will the market only be there on Saturdays? Surely not every day. I couldn't bear it. meadowlady
  • Score: 13

11:51am Wed 18 Jun 14

Ontheball says...

Should never have been moved in the first place. I just woinbder how the jobsworths in the council will now balls it up.
Should never have been moved in the first place. I just woinbder how the jobsworths in the council will now balls it up. Ontheball
  • Score: -16

1:10pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Slamdoor312 says...

So exactly where in the High Street. Are the pavements wide enough to accomodate these stalls and allow pedestrians to pass safely. I have my doubts. Remembe this is council driven, so likely to be an ill thought out mess.
Perhaps remove the ever increasing minicab menace from the High Street and use up the space that lot take up. Doubt it though, too many cosy relationships would be damaged.
So exactly where in the High Street. Are the pavements wide enough to accomodate these stalls and allow pedestrians to pass safely. I have my doubts. Remembe this is council driven, so likely to be an ill thought out mess. Perhaps remove the ever increasing minicab menace from the High Street and use up the space that lot take up. Doubt it though, too many cosy relationships would be damaged. Slamdoor312
  • Score: 13

1:22pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
So exactly where in the High Street. Are the pavements wide enough to accomodate these stalls and allow pedestrians to pass safely. I have my doubts. Remembe this is council driven, so likely to be an ill thought out mess.
Perhaps remove the ever increasing minicab menace from the High Street and use up the space that lot take up. Doubt it though, too many cosy relationships would be damaged.
The market always coped before - even when there were two lanes for traffic.
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: So exactly where in the High Street. Are the pavements wide enough to accomodate these stalls and allow pedestrians to pass safely. I have my doubts. Remembe this is council driven, so likely to be an ill thought out mess. Perhaps remove the ever increasing minicab menace from the High Street and use up the space that lot take up. Doubt it though, too many cosy relationships would be damaged.[/p][/quote]The market always coped before - even when there were two lanes for traffic. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: -12

1:31pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

meadowlady wrote:
Will the market only be there on Saturdays? Surely not every day. I couldn't bear it.
Some people are nevery satisfied. Stay away if you don't like the idea!
[quote][p][bold]meadowlady[/bold] wrote: Will the market only be there on Saturdays? Surely not every day. I couldn't bear it.[/p][/quote]Some people are nevery satisfied. Stay away if you don't like the idea! Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: -10

2:32pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Boris says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
meadowlady wrote:
Will the market only be there on Saturdays? Surely not every day. I couldn't bear it.
Some people are nevery satisfied. Stay away if you don't like the idea!
A market every day would be ideal, but it is not going to happen. Anyway, let's celebrate the Saturday market, and shop at it, when it comes.
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]meadowlady[/bold] wrote: Will the market only be there on Saturdays? Surely not every day. I couldn't bear it.[/p][/quote]Some people are nevery satisfied. Stay away if you don't like the idea![/p][/quote]A market every day would be ideal, but it is not going to happen. Anyway, let's celebrate the Saturday market, and shop at it, when it comes. Boris
  • Score: -16

5:33pm Wed 18 Jun 14

JohnnyF says...

Blimey, someone with a bit of sense doing something progressive!!!!!!!!
Blimey, someone with a bit of sense doing something progressive!!!!!!!! JohnnyF
  • Score: -18

7:47pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Reginald47 says...

TheIdesOfMarch wrote:
people will not come here because of the parking. colchester has such a bad name now with shoppers, we get the occasional regular from ipswich, throw back to the boutique days of colchester. the parking charges here are extortionate and forget about what everywhere else charges. saturdays should be £2 all day all, over town and sundays. stop being greedy with the town you know you make a shed load of money out of car parking fees and parking fines. you want people to spend money how about giving a little in return. what about a cashback offer where you get £2/3 back when you spend it in a store like they do in ipswich? you get 2 coupons in the car, one that stays in the vehicle and one you can redeem against goods.
If you want to spend more on petrol going somewhere else than it costs to park here, which is cheap, then off you go!
[quote][p][bold]TheIdesOfMarch[/bold] wrote: people will not come here because of the parking. colchester has such a bad name now with shoppers, we get the occasional regular from ipswich, throw back to the boutique days of colchester. the parking charges here are extortionate and forget about what everywhere else charges. saturdays should be £2 all day all, over town and sundays. stop being greedy with the town you know you make a shed load of money out of car parking fees and parking fines. you want people to spend money how about giving a little in return. what about a cashback offer where you get £2/3 back when you spend it in a store like they do in ipswich? you get 2 coupons in the car, one that stays in the vehicle and one you can redeem against goods.[/p][/quote]If you want to spend more on petrol going somewhere else than it costs to park here, which is cheap, then off you go! Reginald47
  • Score: -21

7:54pm Wed 18 Jun 14

rhetoric says...

I'm over the moon! Never thought this would happen again in my lifetime.
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Sincerely hope this will indeed bring about change and some more prosperity. It used to bring crowds to the High Street twice a week, and the shops prospered because of it as well as the stallholders.
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Let''s also hope that many of the stallholders will be locals with honest, quality produce etc.
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Anyone remember the rock stall and the delicious scents that came from it? That rock was made in St Botolph's St I believe.
I'm over the moon! Never thought this would happen again in my lifetime. . Sincerely hope this will indeed bring about change and some more prosperity. It used to bring crowds to the High Street twice a week, and the shops prospered because of it as well as the stallholders. . Let''s also hope that many of the stallholders will be locals with honest, quality produce etc. . Anyone remember the rock stall and the delicious scents that came from it? That rock was made in St Botolph's St I believe. rhetoric
  • Score: -20

9:53pm Wed 18 Jun 14

colcestrian says...

According to the Paper copy of this story the move is going to cost £95 K exactly what is this money going to be spent on ?? Because a few new white lines and signs to mark the new moved Disabled bays does not cost that much
According to the Paper copy of this story the move is going to cost £95 K exactly what is this money going to be spent on ?? Because a few new white lines and signs to mark the new moved Disabled bays does not cost that much colcestrian
  • Score: -11

11:25pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Assimilation says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
So exactly where in the High Street. Are the pavements wide enough to accomodate these stalls and allow pedestrians to pass safely. I have my doubts. Remembe this is council driven, so likely to be an ill thought out mess.
Perhaps remove the ever increasing minicab menace from the High Street and use up the space that lot take up. Doubt it though, too many cosy relationships would be damaged.
Read what it says," The stalls will be in the the parking/loading bays" Not on the pavement.They will not be in the way of the pedestrians or traffic, like they were not the last time it was there. Bring it on!
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: So exactly where in the High Street. Are the pavements wide enough to accomodate these stalls and allow pedestrians to pass safely. I have my doubts. Remembe this is council driven, so likely to be an ill thought out mess. Perhaps remove the ever increasing minicab menace from the High Street and use up the space that lot take up. Doubt it though, too many cosy relationships would be damaged.[/p][/quote]Read what it says," The stalls will be in the the parking/loading bays" Not on the pavement.They will not be in the way of the pedestrians or traffic, like they were not the last time it was there. Bring it on! Assimilation
  • Score: -16

9:51am Thu 19 Jun 14

Slamdoor312 says...

The point was pedestrian space.

Stalls, even in parking bays will mean increased numbers on the pavement areas milling around and potentially spilling out onto the roadway.

And of course these stalls won't spill over onto the pavement will they ?

The current arrangement causes no problems and should remain
The point was pedestrian space. Stalls, even in parking bays will mean increased numbers on the pavement areas milling around and potentially spilling out onto the roadway. And of course these stalls won't spill over onto the pavement will they ? The current arrangement causes no problems and should remain Slamdoor312
  • Score: 17

10:59am Thu 19 Jun 14

linton68 says...

Oh goody, more stalls flogging mobile phone tat. Plastic toys from hong cong, fruit & veg that go off within the hour, just what we need.
Oh goody, more stalls flogging mobile phone tat. Plastic toys from hong cong, fruit & veg that go off within the hour, just what we need. linton68
  • Score: 15

11:02am Thu 19 Jun 14

linton68 says...

linton68 wrote:
Oh goody, more stalls flogging mobile phone tat. Plastic toys from hong cong, fruit & veg that go off within the hour, just what we need.
Hong Kong even.
[quote][p][bold]linton68[/bold] wrote: Oh goody, more stalls flogging mobile phone tat. Plastic toys from hong cong, fruit & veg that go off within the hour, just what we need.[/p][/quote]Hong Kong even. linton68
  • Score: 23

6:41pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
The point was pedestrian space.

Stalls, even in parking bays will mean increased numbers on the pavement areas milling around and potentially spilling out onto the roadway.

And of course these stalls won't spill over onto the pavement will they ?

The current arrangement causes no problems and should remain
I agree with you Slamdoor. Does seem fairly pointless to spent £95k moving it again from areas which can safely accommodate it. Also, surely retail business in the areas it moves from may loose footfall - bit like moving the deckchairs around on the sinking Titanic. Or are we missing the real objective of the shiny suits in CBC - to conjure yet another argument for closing the High St to vehicle access before there is an effective alternative in place. Might be more cost effective to spend the £95k encouraging visitors - switch back to more on street parking and parking charge rebates as noted by Theldesofmarch above.
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: The point was pedestrian space. Stalls, even in parking bays will mean increased numbers on the pavement areas milling around and potentially spilling out onto the roadway. And of course these stalls won't spill over onto the pavement will they ? The current arrangement causes no problems and should remain[/p][/quote]I agree with you Slamdoor. Does seem fairly pointless to spent £95k moving it again from areas which can safely accommodate it. Also, surely retail business in the areas it moves from may loose footfall - bit like moving the deckchairs around on the sinking Titanic. Or are we missing the real objective of the shiny suits in CBC - to conjure yet another argument for closing the High St to vehicle access before there is an effective alternative in place. Might be more cost effective to spend the £95k encouraging visitors - switch back to more on street parking and parking charge rebates as noted by Theldesofmarch above. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 9

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