‘Plan would boost our town centre’

Coun Vaughan Hughes has put forward a motion for parking on the Market Place  on non market days  G110913-1
Coun Vaughan Hughes has put forward a motion for parking on the Market Place on non market days G110913-1

GAINSBOROUGH Town councillor Vaughn Hughes has suggested motorists should be allowed to park their vehicles in the Market Place.

Speaking at the meeting on 6th September, he said the move would increase footfall and give a boost to town centre businesses.

The Market Place was renovated and repaved a year ago with after a £3 million facelift.

“I just feel that there is a lot of talk going around about what we do with the Market Place,” he said.

“We should take the lead as a body in the belief that we can make the town bustle again. Tuesdays are fantastic but the rest of the week is terrible and you’re half-expecting tumbleweed to drift across the Market Place.”

Concerns were raised regarding damage to the paving, road markings, safety and access for children and disabled residents.

Coun Hughes continued: “The reasons for doing it are far more important than those for not.”

“A massive amount of money has been spent on the Market Place and I fail to see how £3 million can be spent and then to allow the town centre to die out - we need a new plan.”

Coun Lesley Rollings added: “I totally agree that we should open up the town centre, as long as there is a slow speed limit in place.”

“I have just been on holiday to Turkey and all of their streets and roads are paved in the same way and they’re fine.”

She continued: “We also need to think of something a little bit different, like the antiques market in Retford. We should keep the stalls we have now, but bring in something unique.”

Coun Mel Starkey said: “What concerns me is that cars crossing the town centre with children, the disabled and the elderly.”

“Children run free around the Market Place. I’m not against the idea, but this needs to be taken into account.”

Rounding up the proposition, Coun Hughes said that the council needed to listen to the public.

“The Gainsborough Standard ran a story about the current state of the market, which was quite fitting,” he said. “Just like when they ran the story about Coun Dobbie wanting to rename the town Gainsborough-Upon-Trent, we should try to get a massive public response for feedback.”

He added: “We need to listen to the people, and return with a plan.”

Residents are asked to submit their views by calling 01427 611336 or emailing vaughan.hughes@hotmail.co.uk by 28th September ahead of the 4th October meeting.