Plans for Walsall Market site go on show

Walsall market - archive image Stalls are scattered across pedestrianised areas in the town centre, the council said

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Plans for a permanent location for Walsall Market have gone on display.

The Bridge has been earmarked as the preferred location for the stalls, which are currently scattered across pedestrianised areas in the town centre, the council said.

A planning application for its permanent location will be submitted later this year and the authority hopes stalls will be moved in 2015.

The plans have gone on show to the public at The New Art Gallery Walsall.

With the redevelopment of the Old Square Shopping Centre taking place next year, the council said it wanted to ensure "Walsall Market is fit for the 21st century" and "is of a quality that reflects our ongoing aims for the regeneration of the town centre".

Adrian Andrew, portfolio holder for regeneration and transport, said: "The market has [been] and still is a key part of Walsall's tradition and can be traced as far back as 1219."

Planning permission for the current areas runs until April next year.

A public consultation for the market's new home was launched earlier this year.

The plans are on show at the gallery on Friday and Saturday.

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