Market closure is ‘huge loss’

PUBLISHED: 20:00 17 February 2015

Jane Brink, Sandy Prater and Mary Hadlow pictured in 2013 ahead of the market launch.

Jane Brink, Sandy Prater and Mary Hadlow pictured in 2013 ahead of the market launch.

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A popular Clevedon food market is set to close its doors after two years of trading, prompting an ‘outpouring of support’ from the community.

Hill Road Market has been a major community hub over the past two years, with people meeting to enjoy breakfasts and lunches while browsing the range of food for sale on the market stalls, but due to Hill Road’s ongoing parking problems affecting customer numbers it will shut on March 28.

Jane Brink, market spokesman, said: “The decision to close the market has been very difficult. We are extremely sad and it was a decision not taken lightly.

“In the past 12 months we have seen a significant decline in footfall during the week. Our Saturday market is buzzing and very successful but one good day a week is sadly not enough.

“The ongoing parking problems in Hill Road are killing business.”

Business owners in the street have long been warning that closures due to on-street parking issues were imminent and the market has become the first major casualty - causing more than 20 local market traders to lose a large part of their income.

Sandy Prater, of Hill Road’s Fizz Gallery, said: “If something doesn’t change soon more shops will close.

“Councillors are sitting on the fence and won’t make decisions because they don’t want to lose votes in the coming elections, meanwhile we are fighting to keep our businesses open.

“We pay thousands of pounds in rates and get no support at all.

“I am very sad about the market - it’s a huge loss to the road.”

Since the closure of Hill Road Market, also known as The Food Market @Seeleys, was announced a Save The Market campaign has been set up on the Everything Clevedon Facebook page and the market has also received messages from customers vowing to help save it.

A meeting to gather ideas is being arranged and anyone interested in supporting the campaign should email hillroadmarket@gmail.com or register their interest on the Hill Road Market Facebook page.


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