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on Wed Jul 12 2017, 09:21
Council considering transferring management of markets to private sector

WIGAN Council is considering transferring the management of all eight markets it operates to the private sector.
The council says it is reviewing the management of the markets – including the indoor one in Leigh and the outdoor ones in Leigh, Tyldesley, Hindley and Atherton – in a bid to secure them a brighter future.
Options include transferring the management of the three main markets (Wigan, Leigh and Ashton) to an external operator, establishing a new body to manage the markets and a community asset transfer.

http://www.leighjournal.co.uk/news/15401092.Council_considering_transferring_ownership_of_markets_to_private_sector/?ref=fbpg
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on Wed Jul 12 2017, 10:24
That doesn't bode well for Wigan Market ...
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on Wed Jul 12 2017, 17:16
Are they saying that they have made a b-lls up of managing the markets and are looking for the private sector to sort it out?
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on Wed Jul 12 2017, 19:14
@Nosam Derf wrote:Are they saying that they have made a b-lls up of managing the markets and are looking for the private sector to sort it out?


More like they are looking for the private sector to close it ...
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on Sun Jul 23 2017, 12:58
Traders and campaigners have given a mixed response to Wigan Council’s review looking at different ways of running the borough’s markets. The local authority has been quizzing stallholders for their opinions on how the indoor and outdoor markets could best thrive. Some have given a cautious welcome to the dialogue but there are different views on whether the current set-up should be preserved or given a shake-up

Read more at: http://www.wigantoday.net/news/community/mixed-reaction-to-markets-plan-1-8662534
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on Sun Jul 23 2017, 18:23
Pay and Display signs going up at the side of Ashton market behind Wetherspoons, used to be free parking. Could this have something to do with the forthcoming health centre on Bryn Street ?
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on Sun Jul 23 2017, 18:29
It's amazing, in this country.

Sorry, but no one here seems to think to ask the public just what THEY want, nor asks the stallholders what THEY want.

After living in Canada for 25 years, I have learned basic knowledge. Over here there doesn't seem to be basic knowledge amongst so called officials.

Very sad indeed.
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on Sun Jul 23 2017, 19:00
@Admin wrote:Traders and campaigners have given a mixed response to Wigan Council’s review looking at different ways of running the borough’s markets. The local authority has been quizzing stallholders for their opinions on how the indoor and outdoor markets could best thrive. Some have given a cautious welcome to the dialogue but there are different views on whether the current set-up should be preserved or given a shake-up

Read more at: http://www.wigantoday.net/news/community/mixed-reaction-to-markets-plan-1-8662534

In true style the WEP have used the wrong photo, the photo that have used is from a story about a doctor retiring.
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on Sun Jul 23 2017, 19:02
@K-TEL wrote:Pay and Display signs going up at the side of Ashton market behind Wetherspoons, used to be free parking. Could this have something to do with the forthcoming health centre on Bryn Street ?

That as been 'pay and display' for a few weeks now and I know that, because I know the traffic warden who traffic wardens it Smile
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on Wed Oct 18 2017, 14:39
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on Wed Oct 18 2017, 16:24
That doesn't sound good at all No

I was in the Market Hall today and no work as started yet on the Armed Forces Hub No

Council obviously want rid of the Markets, in order to save money No

I am surprised they have not closed Wigan Market Hall before now No

Remember what Council wants Council gets No
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Re: Markets

on Thu Oct 19 2017, 10:14
Whenever I visit the market looks almost empty.  I think a good idea maybe is to relocate those stalls to the main street, like they do when the continental market visits. Maybe a few of the towns businesses would like to have stalls as well, I've seen it  happen in other towns, and it may well attract other stall holders from out of town.  Maybe turn the market area itself into some kind of performance venue.  Just a thought
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on Thu Oct 19 2017, 10:44
@Admin wrote:Whenever I visit the market looks almost empty.  I think a good idea maybe is to relocate those stalls to the main street, like they do when the continental market visits. Maybe a few of the towns businesses would like to have stalls as well, I've seen it  happen in other towns, and it may well attract other stall holders from out of town.  Maybe turn the market area itself into some kind of performance venue.  Just a thought





Doing that will give you an option to see what's best
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on Thu Oct 19 2017, 16:39
Another example of the Philistinic faction that operates in the Town Hall.
For years it’s been a case of reacting to events rather than being pro active in promoting market stalls.
Officials should be advising tenants how to minimise or eliminate the liability for business rates. The stalls should be located were there is no requirement to pay rent, ie on the streets.
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on Thu Oct 19 2017, 18:20
Proper 'markets' are outdated. A thing of the past.
What you see nowadays are, quite simply, shopping malls. A permanently leased 'shop-inside-a-shop' is not a traditional 'market stall'.
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on Sat Nov 25 2017, 17:27
I think the parking behind Wetherspoons in ashton belongs to Wetherspoons (remember when it was kwik-Save). So it' the owners who ha've introduced the Pay-n-Display I heard.
The council have stated (written) that there are no plans to make the market parking Pay-n-Display, but eh plans change do they not.

The Ashton market containers are being removed and replaced with those flimsy pagoda tent things which will be taken down at end of each market day and stuffed in storage.
The whole market area will become parking on non-market days.
It's obvious it's for the health centre, but also maybe because of the Wetherspoons development.
All I know is £30000 seems an awful lot of money to remove the containers and paint extra white lines.

I've asked how much these new pagodas have cost and they're refusing to answer.
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on Sat Nov 25 2017, 17:55
You are surprised?

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on Sat Nov 25 2017, 19:54
Due to circumstances I am walking through the Market Hall several times a day at the moment and it really is sh*t, if you look up at the roof space, the transparent separation screens and everything else is filthy and they have made no effort this year for Christmas, there are no crimble lights on the outside or inside of the building, any decorations have been put up by the stall holders and I noticed yesterday that the sliding doors are filthy too ...

I imagine an emergency situation will arise and the Market Hall will need to be closed for repairs and the stall holders will be moved to a temporary location, which of course will mean bye bye Market Hall ...
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on Sat Nov 25 2017, 19:58
I agree wholeheartedly. Money will be exchanged, pockets will be filled, necks will grow wider and councillors will be smiling....(If Smiffy allows it)

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