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Cambridge city market could be moved

Cambridge market could be temporarily moved to make way for improvements to the site, a city council study has suggested.

The council has published a feasibility study which identifies the key issues and opportunities facing the city’s market square. Officers say it marks the start of a major, multi-phase project which aims to improve the design and function of the square, which could see stalls removed at night to allow for cinema screenings, performances, temporary public art spaces and al fresco dining.

Glenys Self in Cambridge Market . Picture: Keith Heppell. (19791208)
Glenys Self in Cambridge Market . Picture: Keith Heppell. (19791208)

Cllr Rosy Moore, executive councillor for climate change, environment and city centre, said: “In order for some improvements to be made, such as fixing the drains or improving the electricity supply to the market, it may be necessary to temporarily move some stalls. We would work closely with stallholders if that were the case.”

Suggested areas to put stalls if the renovation were to take place included Sidney Street, Peas Hill and the surrounding parks, the report adds.

Cllr Moore added: “The council is committed to making sure that the square continues to offer a varied and successful seven-day-a-week market while also creating a vibrant public space for the years to come; appealing to a wide range of people and really enhancing our city centre more than ever. We will be working very closely with everyone who has an interest in the market square during the next phases of this project, to help develop an agreed improvement plan and secure the required investment.”

However, the Friends of Cambridge Market, which includes shoppers and stallholders, say they are concerned about any changes which could affect trade, including taking stalls down at night. Stallholder Glenys Self said people needed to be consulted before this process went any further, adding: “We would like a public meeting in the Guildhall, hosted by the council. We need an ongoing forum where the market project doesn’t go quiet and invisible again. We need to come together as a city to help make the market our own... and one of the best.”

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