Bracknell public back outdoor market following consultation

Published: 9 Feb 2014 09:302 comments

ALMOST three in four people have called for the demolition of the old 3M building and a new outdoor market to open in Bracknell.

More than 1,000 people answered a public consultation on the future of the site, with 72% backing the second option, to demolish the building and move the town’s indoor market outside.

Only 4% of respondents said the former 3M building and indoor market should stay, while 23% said the site should be developed with no market set up.

Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for regeneration at

Bracknell Forest Council, said: “I’m incredibly grateful for the huge amount of people who have expressed an opinion. The consultation has clearly shown people want an outdoor market. So many people ask what’s happening to Winchester House.

“Bracknell has had a market for decades and I’ve always been a fan of markets. I’m keen to have a strong, vibrant market in Bracknell.”

A petition had been launched by the market traders who said the consultation was flawed – and a fourth option to create a new indoor market should have been listed.

However, the council believes there is nowhere big enough to put another indoor market, and says it does not have funding to build one without passing costs onto taxpayers.

Cllr Brunel-Walker said: “It took time to make sure we had the right questions and that is why we worked with QA Research – it gave us a good spread of answers with a lot of cross-reference between answers.”

The indoor market is open on Fridays and Saturdays.

Hazel Kent, who has run the Market Cafe for three years and launched the petition, said she will quit running the business.

She said: “I now give up. The fight has now been sucked out of me. I simply can’t go on much longer in the hope a lifeline will be thrown to me. I’m now going to run my freezers down and when empty, I will be waving goodbye to the market. Saturday will be my final trading day but I have shed loads of food in my freezers. I will try to not cry at the end of the day but I can honestly say I will miss many of my customers and hope they understand the reasons why I am abandoning a sinking ship before it goes under.”

The consultation results will be discussed at a Bracknell regeneration committee meeting at Easthampstead House on Monday. It is open to the public and starts at 5.30pm.

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  • BruceDenney
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    Feb 10, 07:36
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    Because the vote was rigged.

    There was no option to retain an indoor market AND knock down 3M

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  • TomEdwards
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    Feb 13, 17:34
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    The vote was rigged?!? Oh be serious!

    Who would fund the cost of the indoor market? if its costs £500k to build, then you add maintenance, and other costs .... then you have to find a site. Would the existing market traders want to be open 5 or 6 days a day or just 2 days per week? I didnt know that the market traders only pay for 2 days per week, but get the other 5 days per week for storage for FREE! .... At least one of them has a shop elsewhere, and at least one has an internet business! So effectively WE [the taxpayers of bracknell] are providing free storage! ...... I love Dudmans the Fruit and Veg man, and i use the Meat man every weekend. They would do amazingly well in the middle of town! The Cafe could change what it does and how it operates, and that to could move outside - If she wanted to.

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