Huntingdonshire District Council has got the go-ahead to move Huntingdon market from the Market Square to a new location in the High Street, with a provisional date of Wednesday 6 September 2017 being set for the first day of trading.
The move comes after an extensive and positive consultation process involving market traders, town centre retailers, a range of local stakeholders and the emergency services.
The final piece of the jigsaw was an amendment to the Traffic Regulation Order along the High Street, which has now been approved by Cambridgeshire County Council, clearing the way for the market to move to its new home.
The High Street location places the market at the heart of Huntingdon Town Centre where it is hoped it will benefit from maximum footfall and passing trade.
Executive Councillor for Operations, Councillor Jim White stated: “We have been working with all interested parties to ensure that the market is a success. We see markets as an important part of our retail offer and supporting them is a key aspect of our support for our market towns. We are confident that the new High Street location will provide a welcoming shopping environment that will benefit both market traders and other retailers in the town centre. The move will allow the market to expand and I look forward to seeing it develop over the coming years.”