Market on the move

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It’s been hotly debated over years but could it now be that the Friday market really is set to open on new territory? The town hall has announced to the commercial associations that the move to the new site will take place before Semana Santa (Holy Week/ Easter). The Councillor for markets, Javier Manzanares,has announced that the relocation will at last take place in the first few months of 2017.

An important part of the resettlement requirements was the need for a new,free bus service to cater for those wishing to come to the market. Costa Azul has now guaranteed that there will be modifications to bus route C which will mean a service to the new market every 40 minutes. There will also be two taxi ranks one of which will be at the main entrance.

The market currently plays host to 700 stalls every Friday. The majority of them have accepted the conditions of the new site and the basic services that will come with it such as lighting and cleaning. However, there is still some concern about what the impact on customers will be.

Every political party in Torrevieja has committed to the change of location at one time or another. It was during the PP administration that the proposal to move the market was first initiated. The new government pushed forward the plans which now look about to be put into practice.

The distribution of stalls has been decided by the department for marketsand the main entrance will be by the water park. Customers will need to walk through the majority of the market to reach the fresh produce stalls such as fruit and vegetables. Something that has caused concern to those selling these goods.

The re-siting of the market will come as welcome relief to many of those resident at its old site. However, it will also significantly affect the businesses located there, particularly restaurants and bars.

We are told, however, that there is no going back. Advantages at the new site include better access for vans which can now park next to the stalls or on the special ground provided. This site will also be available for concerts when needed.

Suzanne O’Connell