Woking market's £4.5 million relocation set to be approved
By mattcollison | Thursday, December 06, 2012, 11:03
PLANS to move Woking market to a new home as part of the town's ongoing rejuvenation is set to be decided by councillors.
Woking market will move to space by Wolsey Place and Peacocks shopping centres.
The £4.5 million move will see the town's market in Commercial Way and High Street relocated to empty land between Wolsey Place and Peacocks shopping centres.
Woking Borough Council has asked councillors to approved the plans at its full council meeting being held tonight (December 6).
The move is part of a £150 million redevelopment of the town's Bandstand Square, which includes a 60,000 sq-ft Marks & Spencer store and other retail space, a hotel, 200 flats and a public piazza.
But before the development can start, the new market site must be secured and a new road junction between High Street and Victoria Way needs to be built.
The proposals will also see Woking Fire Station move from its Cawsey Way site to a new, larger site away from the town centre.
The market will be relocated to the newly named Market Street, in a covered area along Peacock Walk to the Burger King restaurant.
A mix of 18 purpose built kiosks, which will trade daily, and nine temporary stalls will sell fresh produce, flowers and takeaway food.
But stallholders will need to prove they offer "adequate quality and sustainability" before being considered.
Under the plans, two shops in Wolsey Place will be turned into toilets and a 400 square metre kiosk while a goods lifts for stallholders will be built in the Yellow car park, resulting in the loss of some car parking spaces.
Work is due to start in March 2013 and during development Peacock Walk will be closed with parts of Yellow car park inaccessible.
The new market is timetabled to open in February 2014.
Ray Morgan, WBC chief executive, said in a report to councillors: "It is considered that these proposals offer the best solution to securing a new Woking Market within Woking town centre and thereby adding to the vitality of the town."