Letter - Decisions like these are not made lightly says councillor

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In response to psvrichards comment on the market proposals – decisions like this are not made lightly – we want to hear our residents’ views and have done this through our consultation process.

This included a statistically robust sample survey which ensured we heard the views of residents of different age groups and genders, from across the district.

We also wanted to ensure we gave everybody the opportunity to comment who wanted to so in addition we undertook both an on-line survey and a paper based version which was available in the markets and various other locations across the district.

To clarify there will be a dedicated permanent area for the market with the proposal to ideally relocate both the outdoor and indoor markets into better locations, and the Cabinet meeting gave approval to negotiate these options.

The findings highlighted that 45% of the public supported the proposal and 35% did not. 54% of the public supported the idea of moving the outdoor market onto the precinct, only 23% disliked the idea.

In addition, nearly two-fifths (39%) of the population said they would come to the city centre during the day and 28% would be more likely to visit in the evening if these proposals were implemented.

The Cabinet report also showed results from an impact study which indicated that there is both capacity and significant economic benefits for our economy in having a new cinema in the city centre.

Coun Denise Jeffery

Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills