City centre shoppers and other fans of St Albans’ historic Charter Market are being asked to give their views on plans to change the look of the market stalls.
The main proposal is to introduce gazebos – decked in the distinctive blue and yellow colours of St Albans – as part of the permanent replacement of the old-style market stalls.
Market traders and shops in and around St Peter’s Street – where the market is based – are now being consulted about the revamp, along with residents and other local businesses and organisations.
The market, which started in the 9th century and gained its royal charter in 1553, is run by Lib Dem-led St Albans council.
It’s hoped the changes will give the Charter Market a modern, dynamic appearance and attract more shoppers, and so help with its long-term recovery post-pandemic.
Gazebos are also an eco-friendlier option than the stalls as they are put up and down without the use of diesel-powered mini-tractors.
Mandy McNeil, Lib Dem councillor and portfolio holder for business, tourism and culture, said: “Our plans for the Charter Market are intended to give it a new lease of life when it’s fully operational again and also improve the city centre environment.
“The market hasn’t undergone a major facelift like this for many, many years and we believe our plans will be a major improvement.
“Modernising the market by providing attractive gazebos in matching colours will greatly enhance the look and atmosphere of St Peter’s Street on market days.
“We want to ensure we have the support of traders for our proposals, as well as the city’s retail sector, shoppers, residents and visitors. I urge everyone to take part in the consultation and give their views.”
You can see proposed designs and give your views here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CharterMarketSurvey