A plan to relocate Huntingdon market was endorsed at a meeting of the Huntingdonshire District Council cabinet on Thursday 19 January.
The decision represents a significant step towards moving the market from its current location on the Market Square to the High Street. The move will allow the market to benefit from the increased footfall in the town centre and add to the retail offering of the town. It will also mean the release of the Market Square for promotional and community events, such as the recent Italian flag throwing demonstration.
The plan is being developed in partnership with a range of stakeholders. Positive discussions are ongoing with BID Huntingdon, Huntingdon Town Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire Fire and Police Services and the town’s retailers. Now that the plan has been given the go-ahead, the next and final step will be for Cambridgeshire County Council, as Highways Authority, to conduct a public consultation to amend the traffic regulation order for the town, to enable a permanent closure of the High Street on market days.
The consultation will take place in the spring, with a view to moving the market as soon as it has been completed, if there is a positive outcome. Speaking after the cabinet meeting, Cllr Jim White, Executive Councillor with responsibility for markets said: "We are extremely pleased to endorse this proposal, which will provide a huge boost for the viability of the market itself and add considerably to the vibrancy of Huntingdon town centre as a whole."