Eastbourne street market could ‘provide colour’

PLANS are in the pipeline for a weekly street market in Eastbourne.

If it is given the green light the market could be up and running by May next year and take place on Fridays in the top end of the Terminus Road area.

There could be 20 stalls along Terminus Road between the seafront and Seaside Road, six stalls on the pedestrianised area between Seaside Road and Pevensey Road and a further six outside Debenhams and the Terminus Pub between Pevensey Road and Langney Road.

Street markets could also be held in Langney Road and Bolton Road.

The new market is all part of a council initiative to increase the vibrancy and vitality of the town, and in particular the town centre and has also been backed by the MP’s Commission, set up by Stephen Lloyd to boost the town’s economy.

Penny Shearer, the council’s economic development manager, said, “The council can take steps to permit a regular street market and it has been generally suggested the most appropriate location is in Terminus Road, towards the end closest to the seafront.

“An attraction such as a street market would increase footfall in an area of the town centre that currently has fewer visitors than other more central parts of the town centre.

“It is proposed that, where possible, the goods on sale will not be the same as those on sale in local stores, so that direct competition is kept to a minimum.

“The market should be designed to provide colour, interest and added footfall to the area, not additional competition.

“It is envisaged a food or craftwork offer such as a farmer’s market could be appropriate and would be supported by local businesses.

“There are farmers markets on Saturdays in Lewes, Uckfield, Heathfield, Hailsham and Brighton.

“It may be that there are other types of market such as antiques, books, arts and crafts, that would be attractive for Eastbourne and could be considered as market themes.”

Members of Eastbourne Borough Council’s cabinet committee will make a final decision on the market on Wednesday evening along with plans to introduce a new street trading policy and introduce managed street trading across the borough and regular street markets in various locations across the town.