Town centre market move to kickstart Basildon regeneration

Hans Wustefeld, manager of Basildon Town Centre Management, right, and market boss Paul Dawson

Hans Wustefeld, manager of Basildon Town Centre Management, right, and market boss Paul Dawson

First published in News

MULTI-MILLION pound plans to kickstart Basildon town centre’s regeneration are likely to be rubber-stamped next week.

Proposals to move the town’s market, now based in Market Square, into St Martin’s Square, as well as completely revamping the square, will be before Basildon Council’s development control committee on Tuesday.

Officers have recommended the plans are pushed through.

They will mean South Essex College can build a town centre campus on the old market site.

Regeneration bosses have hailed the move as the project which really kickstarts the £1billion transformation of the town.

Hans Wustefeld, manager of Basildon Town Centre Management, who runs the market, said: “This will cost more than £1million and the end result will be that Basildon will have one of the best markets in the UK.

“This is the first major part of the regeneration, with the market moving and the college coming into the town centre, and both projects will make Basildon more attractive to shoppers and make it much nicer to shop in.”

The market will be smaller, but will contain 51 ‘21st century’ permanent stalls, and 20 units that can be packed away – complete with free wi-fi, electricity and water, and card payment facilities.

The non-permanent stalls will be put up near tarty Fiesta and down Church Walk.

Mr Wustefeld said: “We’ve looked at the best markets in the UK and continental markets in coming up with the design, and although it will be smaller, traders are very happy with what has been offered.”

The ambitious project also includes giving St Martin’s Square a complete facelift, putting in new decorations, and tearing down 41 trees, which will be replaced by 40 new ones.

New paving and street furniture will be installed, linking the market, church and gardens.

St Martin’s Church has said it is concerned by possible noise, but has requested newer windows and a stall at the market.

The car park behind the Basildon Centre, used by shoppers at the weekend, will have to make way for the market’s management office.

If planning permission is granted, work will start in April and finish by spring or summer 2015 – a few months behind initial timescales.

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5:08pm Thu 20 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Great, I pay top rates to have a shop in the square, now a barrow boy comes along for a pinch of my costs, just to make it look busy..
Great, I pay top rates to have a shop in the square, now a barrow boy comes along for a pinch of my costs, just to make it look busy.. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 4

5:31pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Ageing Commuter says...

I am not sure Party Fiesta will be very pleased at being renamed 'Tarty Fiesta'.
I feel an apology or update from the Echo may be in order.
I am not sure Party Fiesta will be very pleased at being renamed 'Tarty Fiesta'. I feel an apology or update from the Echo may be in order. Ageing Commuter
  • Score: 6

7:13pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Let the market stall holders have the empty shop units all over the town at affordable rents. It would make the whole town centre look more vubrant with all the retail units occupied.
Let the market stall holders have the empty shop units all over the town at affordable rents. It would make the whole town centre look more vubrant with all the retail units occupied. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

7:50pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Discouraged says...

So much talk that means nothing.
So much talk that means nothing. Discouraged
  • Score: 3

8:12pm Thu 20 Feb 14

basguy68 says...

Why cant the Market move to Town Square? could even build the cinema in St Martins square that way can have the Cinema near the Theatre, have the pubs near by be great for the night time economey.But im not convinced we need a new cinema in town
Why cant the Market move to Town Square? could even build the cinema in St Martins square that way can have the Cinema near the Theatre, have the pubs near by be great for the night time economey.But im not convinced we need a new cinema in town basguy68
  • Score: 2

10:09pm Thu 20 Feb 14

bazza 1 says...

Total waste of money. The market used to be buzzing about 15 years ago, and was so busy you could not walk through it easily. It seemed that when the council made radical changes to the market then, it went quickly down hill. They spent loads on building the log cabin shops, and it seems like they pushed the stalls aside. I guess the cost of a stall will be even more expensive when it's moved to the square, forcing even more stall holders out.
Total waste of money. The market used to be buzzing about 15 years ago, and was so busy you could not walk through it easily. It seemed that when the council made radical changes to the market then, it went quickly down hill. They spent loads on building the log cabin shops, and it seems like they pushed the stalls aside. I guess the cost of a stall will be even more expensive when it's moved to the square, forcing even more stall holders out. bazza 1
  • Score: 4

9:47am Fri 21 Feb 14

Vange Resident says...

The market is a good idea but not really as good value as it used to be, I often see things cheaper in QD or other local shops so there is no real advantage to shopping in the market, all it will do is make the town centre seem busier than it is. Basildon council needs to help fill the empty shops in the town.
The market is a good idea but not really as good value as it used to be, I often see things cheaper in QD or other local shops so there is no real advantage to shopping in the market, all it will do is make the town centre seem busier than it is. Basildon council needs to help fill the empty shops in the town. Vange Resident
  • Score: 2

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