Is Sudbury market on the move?

Parking or market? Sudbury's market could be moved from Market Hill. ANL-161025-134433009
Parking or market? Sudbury's market could be moved from Market Hill. ANL-161025-134433009

Discussions have begun over the possibility of moving Sudbury’s market to North Street to make it ‘bigger and more vibrant’.

The idea was first officially raised by Sudbury town councillor David Holland at a full council meeting after the idea had been mooted on social media.

On Tuesday it was discussed at the town council’s leisure, environment and highways committee meeting, prompting reactions both for and against the move.

“The market is currently on Market Hill and quite a lot of parking space is lost,” said town council clerk Jacqui Howells.

“We are looking at the possibility of extending the market, relocating it possibly to the old market place and North Street to make the market bigger and more vibrant.”

Mrs Howells said the proposal had received a mixed reaction, with some councillors concerned about the effect this could have on North Street businesses.

Previously businesses had claimed they had been aversely impacted by one-off food fairs in North Street, particularly those facing the back of stalls.

There were concerns about shoppers not being able to access shops and the need to retain emergency vehicles’ access through the road.

Mrs Howells added: “There were pros and cons and that’s why it was recommended for full council to investigate.

“There will now be a lot of consultation with traders, business owners and the people that use the market to make sure we come to the right decision.”

This includes speaking to business owners in Market Hill and discussing the impact the move may have on them.

Sudbury’s new town centre and events manager will also be involved in discussions.

Ami Birrell starts on Tuesday and one of her first roles will be to visit local business in the town centre and then throughout Sudbury, with the market move likely to be discussed.

“She will look to build relationships with retailers to see how we can work better to protect and enhance the town,” said Mr Howells.