LETTER: Hotelier was right - Wisbech Market Place is not the place for car boot sales

Wisbech free car boot sale

Wisbech free car boot sale - Credit: Archant

I believe that the owner of the Rose and Crown in Wisbech has every right to be properly concerned about what the town council are doing to Wisbech Market Place.

Wisbech free car boot sale

Wisbech free car boot sale - Credit: Archant

Instead of working towards making the town centre the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the ‘capital of the Fens’, through their lack of standards, they seem bent on destroying it.

The plans that David Oliver and his colleagues on the town council have for the Market Place in Wisbech are ill conceived and shambolic in their development.

Instead of building on the exceptional businesses that already exist and providing them with a Market Place that people will be proud to visit and spend money in, the town council seems to be intent on destroying what we already have with businesses like: Etcetera, the Rose & Crown, Robert Goddard together with others.

The car boot that they have tried to install on Sundays is blatantly failing. When I went along on Sunday last, there were just six cars offering ‘not a lot’ with very few members of the public. As we are all aware there is already a long established Sunday car boot in Wisbech.


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On the other hand Wisbech has a number of excellent organisations whose purpose seems to be to lift the town rather than bring it down – such as Wisbech in bloom, and the Wisbech Society who must be horrified at the prospect of a car boot in the middle of town.

Would it not be more sensible and effective to hold events in the Market Place on a regular basis that attract good quality produce and services into the town centre such as a farmers market every Sunday to help lift the image of Wisbech instead of destroying it further.

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Malcolm Starr and Peter Golding

Wisbech

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