Market traders have been working with the Council to come up with a solution to weather-proof and protect Brighton’s open market.
It has been agreed that new awnings will be fitted underneath the canopy structure. The structure which was erected in 2000, had failed to protect stallholders from rain, dirt and birds.
Traders at the London Road market say they are happy with Council proposals to fit the awnings, which should be in place by December this year. Funding has been allocated from the Council’s property improvement fund and is within the allocated budget of £75,000.
Earlier proposals to improve protection had to be dropped when costs rose over £120,000 and contractors withdrew, mainly due to working constraints. It was felt the job could not be done without disrupting trade. The new solution suits all parties as it is simpler, cheaper, requires no foundations and will not disrupt business.
A sample awning from Sussex Blinds will be fitted to one stall this month for traders to comment on.
Property councillor Simon Burgess said, “I’m very pleased we have a cost-effective solution which can be agreed by everyone. The market is an important shopping venue and this should make it more comfortable for traders and shoppers alike.”
A scrutiny panel in 2001 looked at the new canopy and recommended there should be additional sub-structures to offer better protection.
A report will update councillors on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on September 22.
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