Market plans get go-ahead

PLANS to run regular street markets in Eastbourne town centre have been given the go ahead.

The market area will stretch down Terminus Road from the seafront to the junction with Langney Road near the Post Office. Eastbourne Borough Council, which is behind the plans, says it is expected the market will be held every month to start with before being increased to fortnightly and then weekly. A council spokesperson said there would be a maximum of 60 pitches operating from 9am to 5.30pm on market days.

“The aim is to provide a high quality market selling local produce that will complement, rather than compete with, existing retailers,” said the spokesperson.

“The market will sell a range of local and fresh produce which will include fruit and vegetables, locally produced food fresh, bottled, or preserved and fish meat and poultry. Locally produced craft items, plants, antiques and books will also be included. It is expected that the market will take some time to establish, and therefore will be established at the seafront end, expanding when the number of traders increases to the two pedestrianised sections between TJ Hughes and Pevensey Road and the Duke of Devonshire Pub to Langney Road. The proposal to hold a regular street market in Eastbourne has been mooted for more than 12 months and many local businesses support the idea. The objective is to provide a regular event that will attract shoppers and visitors on a traditionally low footfall day for the town centre.

“It is proposed that owners of independent retail businesses in other parts of the town will also be encouraged to have a stall in order to both sell goods and promote their business. Independent retail businesses in Terminus Road will also be encouraged to have a stall in order to sell goods they do not currently sell in their shop.”

Traffic will be excluded from the affected roads from 6am on market days and the bus route will be changed on market days and the bus stops in Terminus Road and Trinity Trees going west will be out of use. Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee gave permission for it to go ahead at this week’s meeting.