Revitalised Flintshire market to get another year of trading

Reporter:

Matt Jones

A REVITALISED town market is set for another year of trading.

As many high streets and markets across the country struggle due to the economic climate, Flint appears to be bucking the trend.

Flint market returned in May after a break of more than a decade and now has more than 30 stalls trading every Friday.

Council chiefs are now recommending the market be given permission to stay on Church Street for another 12 months.

Flint mayor David Cox said the market had provided a boost to the town.

He said: ”The market has been excellent and there has been a demand for stalls. It has been excellent for the town. It is a case of use it or lose it for the people of Flint. It is up to them to support it.”

Members of Flint Town Council have already unanimously approved the plan to extend the trial period for another 12 months.

If successful it is hoped to extend the period further.

Cllr Cox said: “It is busier in the town on a Friday. People are coming into town for the market and then going into the shops.

“It could be a turning point for the town.”

He added that community leaders and traders were hoping firms could be persuaded to take over empty shops in the town and further boost the local economy.

Flintshire Council’s planning committee will vote on the plans during tomorrow’s meeting at County Hall.

In his report to the committee, planning officer Karl Slater wrote: “During the trial an average of 30 stalls were present each week, with interest from stallholders being greater than could be accommodated.

“Given the success of the trial period this application has been submitted to allow a further period for the market to operate.”

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