More market traders could be on the way

THE number of market stalls operating in Boston could be set to increase under plans to to relax regulations.

Boston Borough Council has explored the possibility of redesignating a number of streets in the town to allow traders to set up on non-traditional market days, as long as they have the consent of the council.

Steve Lumb, head of planning and strategy for the borough, said the recommendation was in line with suggestions in the Mary Portas report on town centre improvement by cutting red tape for traders and work to make the town centre more attractive.

He added: “It would help improve the town centre offer by adding to all that was already available.

“The council would be looking for anything that was new and in addition to what was already available and regular traders need not fear that additional competition would be introduced.”

Three town centre streets could be redesignated from prohibited streets, where trading is only allowed on designated market days, to ‘consent streets’ if the proposal is approved.

Market Place, Strait Bargate and the Wide Bargate loading bay could then be used for stall holders to set up, or for themed markets on non-market days.

The change would come into force at the beginning of June.

The council said redesignating the streets is the next stage in improving the town centre, following the refurbishment of the Market Place, which is now almost complete.

A report to the cabinet says: “The new Market Place will provide a shared space and space that can be utilised for a variety of town centre uses, including opportunities for events, new trading and new types of markets that can assist with the vibrancy and attractiveness of Boston.”