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Brighton's £18m market revamp to start

The Argus: Brighton's Open Market before the redevelopment begins Brighton's Open Market before the redevelopment begins

The first stage of an £18 million market development is about to begin.

The remaining traders from Brighton’s Open Market have started moving out of units some of them have operated from for more than 30 years.

As they move into temporary accommodation in nearby Francis Street, developers will start work on a major development to transform the area between London Road and Ditchling Road.

The development will include a new covered market with 44 stalls, a central square for visiting farmers markets and entertainment and 12 artisan workshops.

Developer Hyde will also provide 87 affordable homes on the site while the market will be managed by a community interest company which will include traders on the board.

It is thought about 100 jobs will be created while 80 full-time workers, as well as apprentices being trained, will be needed during the 18 months of construction work.

Brighton and Hove City Council cabinet member Ian Davey said: “It’s such a proud moment to get this major project off the ground for the city.

“It should provide a catalyst for the regeneration of London Road and become a real hub of the community.”

Barrow traders first used the present site in 1926 with permanent stalls being built in 1938.

Café owner Warren Street, 40, whose step-mother opened the stall more than 30 years ago, said: “The market needed something doing to it and it’s good that something is being done to take it forward.

“But there are a lot of memories and a little bit of my step-mum will go with the move.

“I just don’t know how it will affect the customers. It used to be all cheap food and goods but that is likely to change.”

Shopper Paul Chapman, 77, of Hollingdean, Brighton, said: “I first started coming here in the 1960s. You just can’t beat the price of the produce.”

Existing traders will begin operating from Francis Street on Monday, January 9, and remain there for seven months as demolition starts shortly.

The redevelopment is expected to be finished by the summer of 2013.

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8:40pm Thu 5 Jan 12

Sean Jenkins says...

About time. London Road is an absolute dump and anything to regenerate the area has to be a good thing.
About time. London Road is an absolute dump and anything to regenerate the area has to be a good thing. Sean Jenkins
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9:03pm Thu 5 Jan 12

matlock says...

I went through the plans for this some time ago, and was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the design. This could not be better news for the traders and residents in that area.

If anyone wants to see the plans, go to planning register on the BHCC website and search for application BH2010/03744
I went through the plans for this some time ago, and was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the design. This could not be better news for the traders and residents in that area. If anyone wants to see the plans, go to planning register on the BHCC website and search for application BH2010/03744 matlock
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9:23pm Thu 5 Jan 12

Lady Smith says...

Now, this IS good news: a much-needed development of a site that's become an over-sentimentalised eyesore, in an area that is crying out for a revamp/regeneration.
Now, this IS good news: a much-needed development of a site that's become an over-sentimentalised eyesore, in an area that is crying out for a revamp/regeneration. Lady Smith
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10:08pm Thu 5 Jan 12

keswick says...

Hopefully this will kick-start the regeneration of the whole London Road area. An imaginative redevelopment of the old Co-Op building is essential but it is difficult to see this happening in the current economic climate. Still this development is progress in the right direction.
Hopefully this will kick-start the regeneration of the whole London Road area. An imaginative redevelopment of the old Co-Op building is essential but it is difficult to see this happening in the current economic climate. Still this development is progress in the right direction. keswick
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11:02am Fri 6 Jan 12

jillyb1 says...

Will believe it when I see it ; this whole area is shabby and scary .
Will believe it when I see it ; this whole area is shabby and scary . jillyb1
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12:24pm Fri 6 Jan 12

Falstaff says...

Excellent news. Let's hope it's a terrific success.
Excellent news. Let's hope it's a terrific success. Falstaff
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