Expansion takes weekly market back to King’s Lynn square, but keeps it in town centre too

Spring plant and craft fair organised by WNBC, Tuesday Market Place, a selection of stalls at the event. ANL-150525-083805009

Spring plant and craft fair organised by WNBC, Tuesday Market Place, a selection of stalls at the event. ANL-150525-083805009

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Stalls are set to return to Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place next month, more than two years after traders moved off the historic square.

The move has been announced almost 18 months after a West Norfolk Council task force recommended the market should expand from its current town centre location back into the market place.

And borough officials say there is already a waiting list to take up the new pitches.

In his report to Thursday’s full council meeting, David Pope, cabinet member for ICT, leisure and public space, said he had met traders to discuss introducing stalls to the granite area of the square.

He then told members that the additional pitches will begin trading in early September.

He added: “We propose to have about 20 stalls and already we have a waiting list as the previous stallholders decided they would rather remain witihn the town.”

Traders on the traditional Tuesday market first moved into the town centre in the summer of 2013, while work on a regeneration of the square, which cost around £900,000 to complete, was carried out.

Although they were given the option to return to the square when the works were complete, most chose to remain in the current location, mainly along New Conduit Street.

In March last year, a council task group recommended that the weekly Tuesday market should remain in the town centre, but be expanded to enable pitches to return to the Tuesday Market Place aswell.

It also recommended that a proposed 50 per cent increase in the cost of pitches in the town centre, which officers claimed reflected the benefits traders enjoyed in their new position, should be reduced to 10 per cent.

Officials had also proposed reinstating a Friday market in the town centre and offering existing traders the chance to stand on it and the Tuesday market in return for the 50 per cent rent rise.

However, most stallholders said they would not benefit from the proposal, as they were committed to trading in other towns.