Have Your Say: Markets will bring people back
I WISH Julie Williamson and Steve Jones of Swansea High Street Traders Association every success in their venture of returning the Sunday car boot sale on levels 7 and 8 of the multi-storey car park off High Street, after 15 years rest (Business Post, Oct 21).
Although there maybe, initially, some measure of interest, I don't really think that this venture would create enough activity to re-vitalise High Street as history has proved, any more than commuters dashing for the 7.20 would.
While I very much admire their enthusiasm and enterprise, no doubt encouraged by the £25 million Urban Village development, shoppers need a lot more than a bit of new architecture to satisfy their needs. They require consumer provisions. Observation shows that fewer than 20 per cent of attendees of car boot sales actually buy mostly second hand goods, and since most of these will arrive by car, little time will actually be spent on High street.
Ms Williamson and Mr Jones could find more benefit by shoppers actually being on High Street, one way to achieve this is to create a shopping magnet of the type that will attract shoppers back again and again.
This I feel would be achieved if the High Street Traders Association channelled their energies in the direction of the city council by lobbying them to provide a High Street market two or three times a week, this is the least they can do, proven by past success, in other Swansea locations.
The traders in these markets change all the time with the stall holders arriving from all corners of the country, keeping the markets ever fresh, thus maintaining a permanent flow of shoppers. If the city council is sincere in its long-term intentions to revitalise High Street, it will give its weighty backing to such a venture.
R O Nicholls