Over the past 10 years Staines has undergone a number of regeneration initiatives from the pedestrianisation of the High Street, the new Two Rivers complex, the refurbishment of the Elmsleigh Centre and the redevelopment of the riverside park.
But has this all been in vein? Yes - Staines is now a busy small town with a bustling atmosphere and a good selection of shops, but there is one major aspect of the town that is dragging it down, the Saturday market in the High Street.
Over recent years the standard of the market has rapidly deteriorated, and is bringing down the rest of the town with it. The quality of the goods on offer is poor and is consistently getting worse with more and more stalls now selling cheap tat the market can easily be compared to a boot sale, this in turn is attracting less desirable clientele to the area.
As residents of Staines we deserve more! We should not accept this slip in standards.
We the undersigned want to see the local council move the Saturday market from its current location in the High Street to an alternative location in the belief that this will improve the feel and standard of the town.
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Monica Goddard, United Kingdom5 years ago Comments: I think the market should be moved, didn't it used to be housed down near the town hall? It hinders people accessing the shops and when they are packing up neither the stall holders nor their vehicles show shoppers any mercy. Another thing the council need to do is try and attract a better class of shop to the town. The number of cheap/£/tat shops (esp. down by M&S) breeds decline. I am all for independant shops, but please of a better quality.
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