After the present plan for Birkenhead Market is due to expire, Wirral Council will investigate other possibilities.
A Wirral Council meeting heard last night that plans to relocate Birkenhead Market to a new temporary location at St Werburghs Square could be changed.
In recent weeks, several traders have criticised the proposed relocation, with some claiming that it will ruin the market, which has been a part of Birkenhead since 1835.
The idea to relocate to St Werburghs Square was scheduled to be approved at the Economy, Regeneration, and Development Committee meeting last night, but it was postponed until last week.
However, due to considerable concerns among traders, the vote on this plan was postponed.
On Friday, May 28, a meeting was conducted in which traders, Birkenhead MP Mick Whitley, local councillors, and council officers discussed the future of the town’s market.
Stall owners were assigned a point of contact at that meeting to whom they could express their concerns and suggestions for alternate market locations.
Conservative councillor Andrew Hodson inquired about the status of the process during Friday night’s council meeting.
“We’ve put up, as we discussed at the meeting, an email account where all of the traders can email us with any proposals around alternative options,” Sally Shah, Wirral Council’s interim chief regeneration officer, said.
“We’ve already got some suggestions, which we’re looking into.
“As discussed this week, we’re also prioritizing revisiting all of the choices we first considered to see if any circumstances have changed that might affect the issue, and we may maybe examine those sites as choices.
“As a result, that job will be completed this week. We plan to respond to traders the following week.”
Emily Gleaves, a newly elected Green Party councillor for Birkenhead and Tranmere, said it was excellent that officials and councillors were able to meet with traders, and she believed it was the most anyone had listened to stall holders in the last two years.
“You may or may not be aware, in fact it probably occurred before you were elected,” Labour councillor Tony Jones, who chaired Friday night’s committee meeting, remarked.
“Both the previous [council]leader and myself in my current position. The summary comes to a close.