Action plan to revive the Covered Market in Oxford

thisisoxfordshire: Action plan to revive the Covered Market in Oxford Action plan to revive the Covered Market in Oxford

An action plan for reviving the historic Covered Market has been agreed.

It sets out how Oxford City Council, which owns the market, will attract more people to the market and proposes appointing a manager for it and expanding its size.

The plan could also lead to vehicles being removed from Market Street and stalls being placed outside.

It was approved by the council’s city executive board at a meeting in the Town Hall last night.

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12:43pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

One problem with the covered market is, it's not really a market anymore, it's basically a shopping precinct with a few market stalls. If they're really committed to reviving it, they need to get rid of the boutiques charging High Street prices, reduce the rents considerably, and limit the length of a good proportion of the stalls.
If the rents were significantly lower, it might encourage more people to start businesses, and with limited length tenancies, those businesses would plan for future expansion into larger premises outside the covered market.
With the prospect of lower prices, and a good turnover of traders, I think the footfall would increase year on year.
One problem with the covered market is, it's not really a market anymore, it's basically a shopping precinct with a few market stalls. If they're really committed to reviving it, they need to get rid of the boutiques charging High Street prices, reduce the rents considerably, and limit the length of a good proportion of the stalls. If the rents were significantly lower, it might encourage more people to start businesses, and with limited length tenancies, those businesses would plan for future expansion into larger premises outside the covered market. With the prospect of lower prices, and a good turnover of traders, I think the footfall would increase year on year. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 4

12:51pm Thu 13 Feb 14

EMBOX2 says...

Surely the best course of action is to stop Oxford City Council having any involvement whatsoever?
Surely the best course of action is to stop Oxford City Council having any involvement whatsoever? EMBOX2
  • Score: 2

2:50pm Thu 13 Feb 14

TiarasOceanView says...

Sad to read that the Market is no longer what it was. When I was a girl, living in Oxford, I used love the smells that would hit you when you would go there. I can smell the meat pies, the fresh produce, fish, etc.
I hope for it never to go away.
Sad to read that the Market is no longer what it was. When I was a girl, living in Oxford, I used love the smells that would hit you when you would go there. I can smell the meat pies, the fresh produce, fish, etc. I hope for it never to go away. TiarasOceanView
  • Score: 0

3:19pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Patrick, Devon says...

I agree with Dilligaf, too many pricey boutiques, not enough small local traders. Does the Council have a strategy for the type of trade/trader as well as the appearance? Set the rents and tenancies to favour start up businesses. Expensive boutiques should go to the Westgate and leave the market to local traders with good ideas.
I agree with Dilligaf, too many pricey boutiques, not enough small local traders. Does the Council have a strategy for the type of trade/trader as well as the appearance? Set the rents and tenancies to favour start up businesses. Expensive boutiques should go to the Westgate and leave the market to local traders with good ideas. Patrick, Devon
  • Score: 1

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