Future of markets on the agenda

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STREET markets could be in for changes.

Durham County Council’s ruling cabinet will discuss a review of markets and options for future management, on Wednesday.

The proposals aim to develop markets as key elements of successful town centre economies, offering customers good quality, value produce and speciality items.

There are 10 under review, including in Seaham and Durham City – run by independent operators – and Chester-le-Street.

A recent study highlighted factors which have an impact on traditional street markets, including dominance of supermarket and out of town developments; competition from online retailers, economic conditions and a lack of investment.

Councillor Bob Young said: “Successful markets have an important part to play in town centres and communities.

“Our aim is to revitalise markets within County Durham, so that they become bustling and vibrant places that will not only benefit local people, but also attract visitors to our county.”