Summer revamp boost on way for Darwen market’s annexe

COUN KARIMEH FOSTER

COUN KARIMEH FOSTER

First published in Darwen Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

IMPROVEMENT work at the Darwen Market Annexe has been announced.

The work, which is expected to start in the summer, will include new lighting, a replacement floor, redecoration of the building, refurbishment of the prepara- tion rooms and the creation of a new store room.

There will also be further space created in the annexe area.

Council bosses said they wanted to revitalise the annexe area of the market, which is between the main market hall and the loading bay.

Coun Tom Evans, lead member for regeneration at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “The planned works in the market annexe should make this area even more attractive to traders and increase customer footfall.

“It is a real opportunity to bring extra vitality to the annexe and create a new hub for promotional activities and events in the market.”

Markets manager Gwen Sangster said: “We are absolutely delighted they are going to upgrade the annexe.

“It has needed doing and it will make a big difference.”

Liberal Democrat regeneration spokeswoman Coun Karimeh Foster said: “It does need to be brightened up in there. It is looking a bit tired and I do not think there has been any money spent on it in years. When you have a house you do bits up every year because if you leave it for years then you need to take out another mortgage to pay for all the repairs.

“The same can be said in the market, where we need to do work on an annual basis.

“If it looks nice and clean then people will want to go there to do their shopping and have a look around.”

There are opportunities for new traders with vacant stalls in the annexe, as well as Darwen Market and the Three Day Market.

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8:38pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Mr Banford says...

Excellent news!
I fear the annex is, has been and will always be a dead space in darwen market due to the layout of the market as a whole.
To be honest im enjoying the arts and crafts feel of the annex as it is at the moment but am curious if proposed refurbishments will affect, improve or replace the current stalls.
Excellent news! I fear the annex is, has been and will always be a dead space in darwen market due to the layout of the market as a whole. To be honest im enjoying the arts and crafts feel of the annex as it is at the moment but am curious if proposed refurbishments will affect, improve or replace the current stalls. Mr Banford
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8:06am Sat 12 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

You need to look at the amount it will cost for this revamp against how much is collected in rents, to see if it is justified.
Given that the market traders have there rents subsidized by the council ( ie cheap rents ) probably not. If this work really needs carrying out you really do need to look at rent increases.
You need to look at the amount it will cost for this revamp against how much is collected in rents, to see if it is justified. Given that the market traders have there rents subsidized by the council ( ie cheap rents ) probably not. If this work really needs carrying out you really do need to look at rent increases. 2 for 5p ridesagain
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4:53pm Sun 13 Apr 14

mother of 4 says...

What is the point!!!!!!!!! I went into Darwens 3 day market last week as was off work and had time and was dismayed to see a lot of empty stalls : ( its being run into the ground......since Blackburn opened the new market area Darwen has been neglected yet again,,,,,,,,,bet they give bigger incentives to have a stall in Blackburn rather than Darwen..
What is the point!!!!!!!!! I went into Darwens 3 day market last week as was off work and had time and was dismayed to see a lot of empty stalls : ( its being run into the ground......since Blackburn opened the new market area Darwen has been neglected yet again,,,,,,,,,bet they give bigger incentives to have a stall in Blackburn rather than Darwen.. mother of 4
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1:49am Tue 15 Apr 14

english rose 1 says...

mother of 4 wrote:
What is the point!!!!!!!!! I went into Darwens 3 day market last week as was off work and had time and was dismayed to see a lot of empty stalls : ( its being run into the ground......since Blackburn opened the new market area Darwen has been neglected yet again,,,,,,,,,bet they give bigger incentives to have a stall in Blackburn rather than Darwen..
Not quite true ... Darwen 3 day market was virtually full not long ago, but a couple of traders with a quite a few stalls either retired or left. It's swings and roundabouts, - sometimes there are empty stalls and sometimes there are not. Blackburn market isn't full either with a number of empty stalls ....
So it's simply not true that Darwen market is being run into the ground. Was Blackburn market being run into the ground when there were a lot of empty stalls just a few months ago ??
[quote][p][bold]mother of 4[/bold] wrote: What is the point!!!!!!!!! I went into Darwens 3 day market last week as was off work and had time and was dismayed to see a lot of empty stalls : ( its being run into the ground......since Blackburn opened the new market area Darwen has been neglected yet again,,,,,,,,,bet they give bigger incentives to have a stall in Blackburn rather than Darwen..[/p][/quote]Not quite true ... Darwen 3 day market was virtually full not long ago, but a couple of traders with a quite a few stalls either retired or left. It's swings and roundabouts, - sometimes there are empty stalls and sometimes there are not. Blackburn market isn't full either with a number of empty stalls .... So it's simply not true that Darwen market is being run into the ground. Was Blackburn market being run into the ground when there were a lot of empty stalls just a few months ago ?? english rose 1
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5:20pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Corsetmaker says...

Its not that Its being "run into the ground" as such, its that for many (including myself) often walk around the market and find there is nothing much left, a few junk & disorderly stalls on the 3 day that are unmanned (or one person has several when really, there's only enough stuff for one stall at best) It does look dead now that the household products guy has gone, and i recall the clothes and jeans stalls that outlined all the outer areas.. theyre gone too... and "tradition" aside, why only 3 days? wouldn't it be better and more profitable to have it open 6 days?

The annexe i avoid completely, only due to the fact I genuinely thought it was not open to the public anymore as it looked like a dark store cupboard - I wonder how many other people think the same. We've thought about the possibility of opening a stall ourselves, but each time I go into the markets, its hard to avoid the tumbleweed, and that alarm bell goes off in my head that says "Dont open in Darwen, your business will be unworkable and down the pan in 6 months" and so thoughts do go to Blackburn, with a larger target audience, so my message to the Council (if they ever read this page) is Promote Darwen, Invest in Darwen, THINK about Darwen and what Darwen, needs, and if they do that, Darwen can become the buzzing town it once was and people like myself would be more willing to invest our time and money.
Its not that Its being "run into the ground" as such, its that for many (including myself) often walk around the market and find there is nothing much left, a few junk & disorderly stalls on the 3 day that are unmanned (or one person has several when really, there's only enough stuff for one stall at best) It does look dead now that the household products guy has gone, and i recall the clothes and jeans stalls that outlined all the outer areas.. theyre gone too... and "tradition" aside, why only 3 days? wouldn't it be better and more profitable to have it open 6 days? The annexe i avoid completely, only due to the fact I genuinely thought it was not open to the public anymore as it looked like a dark store cupboard - I wonder how many other people think the same. We've thought about the possibility of opening a stall ourselves, but each time I go into the markets, its hard to avoid the tumbleweed, and that alarm bell goes off in my head that says "Dont open in Darwen, your business will be unworkable and down the pan in 6 months" and so thoughts do go to Blackburn, with a larger target audience, so my message to the Council (if they ever read this page) is Promote Darwen, Invest in Darwen, THINK about Darwen and what Darwen, needs, and if they do that, Darwen can become the buzzing town it once was and people like myself would be more willing to invest our time and money. Corsetmaker
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