Have Your Say on Market Improvement Ideas

November 11, 2015

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A range of ideas for improving Leicester’s historic Outdoor Market have been outlined by City Mayor Peter Soulsby – but he’s keen to hear how shoppers and traders think it could be made better too.

Market users are now invited to complete an online survey to express their opinions between now and Thursday 24th Devember, which is available here.

Hard copies are also available from the Market’s customer service centre, and surveys can also be completed at a number of consultation events taking place at city centre locations over the next eight weeks.

Dolphin square gateway“What we’ve got here are a number of ideas that will get the conversation started – but I’m sure our questionnaires will draw out many more,” said the City Mayor.

“A deep-clean, some repainting and more natural light would improve the Market instantly, but some of the ideas on the table could have a much more dramatic impact.

“One idea is to cover Market Square – the area in front of the Corn Exchange – and create a space that could be used for events or additional stalls.

“We could consider removing part of the roof near Dolphin Square to create better views of the Corn Exchange.

“And what I’m keen to see are improved gateways into the Market – the unappealing alleyways that give visitors their first glimpse of our historic market urgently need a revamp.

“But these are just some of the ideas – and we want the market traders and local people to tell us what’s important to them, and what they think we should see as a priority.”


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As well as questions about the physical environment, the survey forms also ask people for their views – both positive and negative – about shopping at the Market.

Project manager Mike Dalzell said: “We’ll be working very closely with the traders – as we did on the construction of the Food Hall – to make sure that we come up with proposals that work for them, as well as for their customers.

“The people who work on the outdoor market, day in and day out, are clearly well-placed to suggest improvements.”

The Outdoor Market survey will initially run until Christmas. Information collated from the surveys will help inform detailed design proposals for the Outdoor Market – and help improve the overall experience for customers and visitors.

Some of the improvement works could get under way as early as Spring 2016, with further works taking place once the new public square has been completed in Autumn 2016.