Residents and businesses are being encouraged to submit their views on a new market for Burslem
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is asking a range of questions, including what impact a market would have on the town centre, what stalls residents would like to see, and what support people think would be required to make a market successful.
Residents in the town and right across the north of the city are being encouraged to comment on a number of factors. Questions include how often they think a market should be held, where it should be based, and options including if a market that ran after 3pm and into the evening would be popular. They are also being asked if any factors would make basing a market in Burslem difficult and what would make people more likely to shop in the town.
The detailed survey is available on the council’s website:
Residents can post their views until Friday 20 July.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “We announced at the end of last month that we would be carrying out public engagement to understand the support for a market in Burslem. We want people to tell us their views about what they would want from a market and how it could be a success. We support the potential for a market in the town; we’re a listening council and we want to hear what people have to say.
“We now have the opportunity to look at what it takes to create the right environment for a market, and we need to understand all of the factors that might affect its success, good or bad.”
The public engagement comes at a time when local community group Our Burslem has spoken in favour of a market in the town.
Cabinet support member Alan Dutton, who is ward member for Burslem Central, said: “Burslem is a fantastic place and local people care passionately about the town. Some groups in the town are already keen for a new market to be introduced. People in Burslem and right across the north of the city need to come together if it is to be a success. We do, however, need to get it right. This is the perfect opportunity for everyone in Burslem and the wider area to have their say."
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