Residents and traders given the chance to help shape the future of West Suffolk’s markets

The views of residents and traders will be at the heart of a new Markets Matter initiative, which will invest £300,000 in a three year action plan to develop West Suffolk Markets for the future.

This will build on the council’s 2021 Market Review, with an emphasis on how the council will develop individual market offers, building on the characteristics and potential customers for each of the six towns.

Communities, traders, councillors and other stakeholders are being engaged with as they all have a role to play in the success of West Suffolk markets.

They are being urged to complete a survey to provide suggestions which will shape future plans. It is important that the development plans are developed in consultation with all stakeholders.

The survey is open now and will close on May 31.

This is part of the council’s commitment to strengthen the way the authority engages and meets its strategic priorities for sustainable growth and thriving communities.

Indy Wijenayaka, cabinet member for Growth at West Suffolk Council, said: “Our markets matter and are vital for our towns and communities across West Suffolk. That is why I am thrilled to launch this initiative and survey to engage with people to hear their views and ideas for our markets. Their opinions matter a great deal and will be paramount in shaping the new development plan.

“We recognise that one size solutions do not fit all and each of our market towns and their markets have different characteristics. That is why each plan will be different and help support the future of the markets but also the towns they are held in.

“Securing funding to implement the plan is part of our commitment to strengthen the sustainable growth of the markets and businesses, plus ensure they continue to support our thriving communities.”

Developed plans are expected to be produced later this summer.

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