Details of how £90,000 will be invested to boost markets in Lynn and Hunstanton have been revealed.
There are plans to hold mid-week markets at The Spinney, in Hunstanton, and relaunch Saturday markets in Lynn, but make them specialist events.
Lynn’s Tuesday market should operate in both the town centre and Tuesday Market Place, it is suggested.
Details are included in a report from a markets taskforce to West Norfolk’s Regeneration, Environment and Community Panel, which meets on Wednesday.
It said: “There was general concensus of support for markets, either general markets or specialist markets and their value in creating vibrant town centres. The group recognised that although nationally markets were in decline there were examples of new markets being created.”
The markets informal working group has proposed that Hunstanton’s Sunday market remain in its current position in Southend Road Car Park.
It said: “However, consideration could be given to moving the market to the Spinney area during January and February when it is relatively small and the exposed seafront location is not attractive.
“A small mid-week market for approximately five stalls adjacent to the Spinney in Hunstanton is supported for either a Wednesday or a Saturday morning or both.”
It suggests the Spinney market should be targeted at specific traders, for example local fresh produce, with initial low rents for the right kind of stall.
The group identified Hunstanton bus station as an under-utilised area. It recommended consideration of the possibility of a new on-street terminal to allow the bus station “to become a town square/retail/leisure development with the opportunity for market stalls.”
Saturday markets in Lynn should be relaunched in Spring next year with stalls stretching from the High Street, outside Debenhams, into Saturday Market Place. It suggested entertainment to encourage shoppers into the market and said Saturday markets should be specialist events, such as Farmers’ markets.
A proposal to increase charges for market stall by 50 per cent should be reduced to an initial increase of ten per cent, the report said.
It is proposed to employ a markets supervisor, which could be partially funded through a staffing rejig. The shortfall of £10,000 could be met through monies paid by developers towards infrastructure. That pot should also be used to fund: £15,000 of improvements to the look of stalls, £15,000 for power supplies and speakers, £30,000 for promotion, £10,000 for entertainment, £10,000 for contingencies, the report suggests.