Brighton's West Pier market traders search for new home as i360 work set to begin

Market traders are to be helped to find a new site when they are pushed out for a new £38 million seafront attraction.

Hundreds of thousands of people have visited the West Pier Market, near Brighton beach, since it launched in 1996. However, traders have been told they will have to move as developers prepare for construction of the i360 observation tower.

More than 7,800 people signed a petition asking Brighton and Hove City Council to find stallholders an alternative place on the seafront to sell their wares.

Peter Fijalkowski, of the West Pier Traders Association, said: “The market has been very popular both for tourists and locals alike as is evidenced by the number who signed the petition.

“Up until now we have been paying the West Pier Trust rent but we have been told this will not be possible when building work starts.

“We have begun talks with the council and we’re very grateful for them helping us forward but there’s uncertainty and where there’s uncertainty, there’s anxiety.

“We’re calling for a commitment into the future to help preserve [the market] as an integral part of the seafront experience.

“It would be very sad if the i360, although great for regenerating the area, meant that the people who have made their living for years to lose their livelihoods.”

The petition received unanimous backing from all councillors during a town hall meeting held last week.

Geoffrey Bowden, chairman of the council’s economic development and culture committee, said: “While the council is fully aware of the situation and certainly sympathise with traders following this impending eviction by the West Pier Trust, this problem is certainly not of the council’s making.

“While traders should be aware that permission for the market was only ever temporary, the council is looking to help in terms of finding a short-term location during the i360 construction.

“Any proposals for a permanent market will be explored as part of the wider seafront strategy. The council is not yet in position to make decision for permanent solution but certainly striving to find one.”

Coun Bowden added that the local authority must look at demand, current uses, available sites and competing businesses when drawing up any proposal.

The Argus contacted the West Pier Trust but had received no response at the time of going to press. Work on the i360 site is expected to begin shortly with the attraction potentially open by March 2015.

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1:52pm Wed 31 Oct 12

FC says...

I'm sure the hippies & their tie-died recycled clothes and the "photographers" will find somewhere else to sell their "goods".
I'm sure the hippies & their tie-died recycled clothes and the "photographers" will find somewhere else to sell their "goods". FC

1:59pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Gary Manilow says...

The council honestly don't care about making the seafront inclusive. Witness how the section where old and young could skateboard/rollerbla
de was given over to a company hiring out segways which appeared to be used by nobody.
The council honestly don't care about making the seafront inclusive. Witness how the section where old and young could skateboard/rollerbla de was given over to a company hiring out segways which appeared to be used by nobody. Gary Manilow

2:03pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Lady Smith says...

Oh, for goodness' sake! It was made clear from the start that this was never going to be a permanent site for stalls and it was down to the West Pier Trust, NOT the council - ergo, it's not the council's responsibility to find them a new site. Stop playing the victims!
Oh, for goodness' sake! It was made clear from the start that this was never going to be a permanent site for stalls and it was down to the West Pier Trust, NOT the council - ergo, it's not the council's responsibility to find them a new site. Stop playing the victims! Lady Smith

2:22pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Hove Actually says...

Lets hope it's close by so that the muppets who pay to go up the stick will have something to look at.
Lets hope it's close by so that the muppets who pay to go up the stick will have something to look at. Hove Actually

2:52pm Wed 31 Oct 12

spa301 says...

I wasn't aware it was even considered a market.
As I've walked along that stretch on innumerable occasions does that mean that I'm included as one of the visitor numbers, or more accurately just a passer by?
I wasn't aware it was even considered a market. As I've walked along that stretch on innumerable occasions does that mean that I'm included as one of the visitor numbers, or more accurately just a passer by? spa301

2:55pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Cash Bull says...

Why are they marketing the homeless. IS THIS THE SOCIETY THAT WE HAVE BECOME! Do we need to sell and traffic in other peoples misery..... SHAME
Why are they marketing the homeless. IS THIS THE SOCIETY THAT WE HAVE BECOME! Do we need to sell and traffic in other peoples misery..... SHAME Cash Bull

3:12pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Number Six says...

Not just me then. I read the headline and thought "How do you market the homeless?"
Not just me then. I read the headline and thought "How do you market the homeless?" Number Six

3:12pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Number Six says...

Not just me then. I read the headline and thought "How do you market the homeless?"
Not just me then. I read the headline and thought "How do you market the homeless?" Number Six

3:16pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Joshiman says...

Headline all wrong,Market homeless?
Headline all wrong,Market homeless? Joshiman

3:31pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Crystal Ball says...

360 iSore.
360 iSore. Crystal Ball

4:30pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

We will be well shut of the tat.
We will be well shut of the tat. Somethingsarejustwrong

7:48pm Wed 31 Oct 12

jamus77 says...

White Elephant, and an ugly one at that. The Hove seafront is really quite elegant and certainly doesn't need 'regenerating'. This monstrosity belongs in Blackpool. Can't believe everyone's fallen for it.
White Elephant, and an ugly one at that. The Hove seafront is really quite elegant and certainly doesn't need 'regenerating'. This monstrosity belongs in Blackpool. Can't believe everyone's fallen for it. jamus77

4:00am Thu 1 Nov 12

chrisso says...

Don't worry Jamus, it won't be completed in our lifetime.
Don't worry Jamus, it won't be completed in our lifetime. chrisso

5:29am Thu 1 Nov 12

John Steed says...

chrisso wrote:
Don't worry Jamus, it won't be completed in our lifetime.
nor the reconstruction of the west pier
[quote][p][bold]chrisso[/bold] wrote: Don't worry Jamus, it won't be completed in our lifetime.[/p][/quote]nor the reconstruction of the west pier John Steed

7:50am Thu 1 Nov 12

Cash Bull says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
360 iSore.
I do not know who 360 is but I think it is inappropriate for you to leave messages following your last encounter with him on this Message Board. USE KY JELLY!
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: 360 iSore.[/p][/quote]I do not know who 360 is but I think it is inappropriate for you to leave messages following your last encounter with him on this Message Board. USE KY JELLY! Cash Bull

8:20am Thu 1 Nov 12

Cash Bull says...

Number Six wrote:
Not just me then. I read the headline and thought "How do you market the homeless?"
FREE TO A GOOD HOME!
[quote][p][bold]Number Six[/bold] wrote: Not just me then. I read the headline and thought "How do you market the homeless?"[/p][/quote]FREE TO A GOOD HOME! Cash Bull

9:57am Thu 1 Nov 12

Nosfaratu says...

So the Collosus representing the Marxist Regime that runs B&H Council is being built regardless of the peoples wishes and the poor financial straights that the City is in.

Lets hope that it will be pulled down like the Statue's to Lenin and Communism were, or remain a fading icon to inflated ego's and leftish bull**** .
So the Collosus representing the Marxist Regime that runs B&H Council is being built regardless of the peoples wishes and the poor financial straights that the City is in. Lets hope that it will be pulled down like the Statue's to Lenin and Communism were, or remain a fading icon to inflated ego's and leftish bull**** . Nosfaratu

12:59pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Surely not! says...

Nosfaratu wrote:
So the Collosus representing the Marxist Regime that runs B&H Council is being built regardless of the peoples wishes and the poor financial straights that the City is in.

Lets hope that it will be pulled down like the Statue's to Lenin and Communism were, or remain a fading icon to inflated ego's and leftish bull**** .
Seems the peoples apostrophe was stolen by the statue's! lets hope they go strait and return it to their rightful owner. As for the Random use of capital Letters...
[quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: So the Collosus representing the Marxist Regime that runs B&H Council is being built regardless of the peoples wishes and the poor financial straights that the City is in. Lets hope that it will be pulled down like the Statue's to Lenin and Communism were, or remain a fading icon to inflated ego's and leftish bull**** .[/p][/quote]Seems the peoples apostrophe was stolen by the statue's! lets hope they go strait and return it to their rightful owner. As for the Random use of capital Letters... Surely not!

10:49am Tue 20 Nov 12

Athena says...

Never even noticed there was a market down there.
Never even noticed there was a market down there. Athena

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