|Morecambe's Festival Market. Image courtesy Lancaster City Council|
At a Cabinet meeting held this on Tuesday, councillors considered ways to improve market provision in the resort.
A number of measures to help improve the market in the short term were agreed.
- Improving coach parking, either by a route into the car park or getting the existing layby properly designated /signed as a coach stop.
- Improving marketing of the market to maximise the amount of visitors we get to market.
- Investigate options for insulating / heating of the market.
In the long term the council will be looking at a range of options of how the market can be sustained, in the context of any plans coming forward as part of the Morecambe Area Action Plan.
The Plan - now being drafted - is intended to offer a vision and map the future of central Morecambe. It will create a framework for the development, conservation and change needed to secure lasting regeneration gains for the town.
It is expected that discussion about the future of the Festival Market will include consulting with traders, elected members, Morecambe Town Council, business representatives and shoppers.
Commenting on the outcome of the discussion, Festival Market Trader, Karen Kay, said: “This is a reassuring and positive step forward for Morecambe's Festival Market.
“As traders, we’re all committed to providing a market that’s a great place to shop for both local people and day trippers, and we’re pleased that the council has also publicly stated its continued commitment.
“We all have to work together to make it a success and if anyone in Morecambe or the wider district hasn’t been in to see us yet I’d urge them to do so as the Festival Market really is a great place to visit.”