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Consultation on improving Borough’s market provision

Published on Tuesday, 8th August 2023

Bedworth Market
Bedworth Market

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is consulting market traders on how it provides its markets as it looks to improve them and explore options to boost its town centres.

Traditional town centre markets have been a popular feature of both Nuneaton and Bedworth town centres for generations, with Nuneaton’s market dating back to the 12th century. Now the Borough Council wants to ensure they continue way into the 21st century.

A questionnaire and drop in sessions will be used to obtain traders’ views, with results to be reported to the Borough Council’s ruling Cabinet later this year.

Bedworth Market operates an indoor and outdoor market, with trading on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, while Nuneaton Market runs on Wednesday and Saturday.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s Assistant Director for the Economy, Jonathan White, said:

“Falling trader numbers across the UK, pressures on local authority funding and rising operational costs mean we need to review the future delivery of this service.

“We must ensure value for money and resilience, and provide opportunities for markets to thrive as town centres evolve in the face of the changing retail and town centres landscape.

“Our markets are right at the heart of what is good about both our town centres, and this is the start of a process looking at the best way to operate each of them in the years to come.

“We are looking around the country to see what other towns are doing with their markets and the kind of experience they offer people.

“We are particularly interested to hear what traders have to say as they know their customers and most of them have experience of other markets across the area.”

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council leader, Cllr Kris Wilson, said:

“We know that our markets are an important part of people’s shopping week, and our traders and the Borough Council team work hard to provide a good offer and service in both town centres.

“There’s no doubt these are challenging times. Markets and shopping habits have changed over the years, so we need to keep up with the best ideas that will work well here in Nuneaton and Bedworth.

“No decisions have been made yet and this is just the start, so I want to hear from as many traders as possible to help us move this forward. What is the best future for our markets in Nuneaton and Bedworth?”