Question marks over market idea

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A Shopkeeper and town councillor has rubbished the idea of a street market on Victoria Street.

Tricia Heath, who runs the 13 The Warehouse gift shop on Queen Street, said she and other traders tried a similar venture a few years ago and it flopped.

“For the life of me, I can’t see how a street market would work on Victoria Street,” said Coun Heath at Thursday night’s meeting of Morecambe Town Council.

She was backed by Coun Evelyn Archer, who said: “The Queen Street market was a total waste of time.

“Who is going to pay for the streets to be cleaned after a market?”

But David Croxall, town clerk, defended the idea, which has been suggested by Morecambe’s Town Team of businesspeople.

Mr Croxall said other Portas Pilot Towns had run themed street markets and they brought more shoppers to their town centres.

John Heyes, a Visitor reader, tweeted: “I certainly think a Christmas market would be a good idea.

“However, whether it could be done this year is a different matter.”