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Big Things Planned for the Market

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Get ready for a major shake-up of Dorchester’s market. Ensor, the market operator, has lodged a planning application for a £250,000 revamp of the site.

The improvements being lined up include a new covered area next to Duke’s auctioneers, an extension of the existing covered area, and a refurbishment of the North Linneys building.

Market day in Dorchester
Market day in Dorchester

The market is immensely popular with locals, and also brings thousands of tourists to the town every year.  It has been situated in its current location since the 19th century, and is a thriving hub of activity every Wednesday.

Ensor’s ambition is to build on the success of the market and create an even better experience for both shoppers and traders.

The concern for the company’s managing partner Brendon George is that without investment, the market will start to go a bit stale, and it is important that money is spent to ensure that Dorchester market retains its status as the premier market in Dorset.

In particular need of investment is the roof of the North Linneys building, which is in a very poor state of repair. The plan is to restore the roof, and extend it with a link to the covered market, creating space for around 50 new stalls.

The new £250,000 plan is the second application for the market lodged by Brendon George. The previous attempt was submitted last summer, but was opposed by town councillors. George took on board the criticisms, and has reworked his proposals to be more sympathetic to the site and agreeable to the town council.

The proposal is yet to be accepted, but the signs look promising. The market is of course a key focal point of the town, so anything that can improve the site is surely to be welcomed.

You can see the details of the planning application for yourself at Dorset For You and leave your own comments on the proposals.

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