Outdoor market set to open next month in Bracknell

Published: 29 Jun 2014 15:301 comment

A NEW outdoor market will open in Bracknell next month after planning bosses gave it their backing.

An artist’s impression of the new outdoor market opening in Bracknell High Street on July 18.

It will be situated in High Street, will have up to 16 pitches and will replace the current indoor market based at the bottom of the former 3M building. It is due to open on Friday, July 18.

The market has permission to be held on Fridays and Saturdays between 9am and 4pm for up to four years, and will occasionally feature ‘speciality’ markets.

Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: “It’s great news that the new temporary outdoor market in High Street (East) secured planning permission as this will provide residents and visitors with a new and different type of shopping experience within Bracknell town centre.

“It will also help to increase footfall in and around Bracknell town centre, providing a boost to businesses, while the regeneration work continues.”

It is hoped the market will be

located in High Street for two years but move to a permanent home in Market Square, next to Skimped Hill Health Centre, following the redevelopment of Winchester House.

The indoor market is due to close for good at about the same time that the outdoor venue opens, because of the forthcoming demolition of the former 3M building, which is due to start later this year.

The building’s owner Comer Homes wants to demolish the eyesore and replace it with apartment blocks with 311 homes, shops and a gym. The new outdoor market will provide a temporary home to a selection of independent traders.

Bracknell Forest Council has been working with Cotswold – its current market operator – to allocate space to a variety of traders.

The new market is likely to include fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh meat and fish, flowers, continental meats and charcuterie, and jewellery.

Cllr Brunel-Walker has also said he hopes one pitch can be used by charities to raise funds each week.

Helen Barnett, from Brack-nell Regeneration Partnership, welcomed the news.

She said: “It’s a fantastic thing for the town centre and we hope the new market will increase vibrancy in town.”

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