WELSHPOOL TOWN Council has launched survey to find out what people think about plans to move market traders from the Indoor Market at the Town Hall to another location

The council says that it is considering how best to support the indoor market.

Options being considered include refurbishing the existing halls to the creation of a new location along the footpath between the Retail Park/Canal and the Tourist Information Centre along the edge of the Church Street Car Park.

Market Traders have been unhappy about the proposals and have set up online and paper petitions that are at shops dotted around the town to, Save Welshpool Market.

Market traders say they are dead against the move and that have received support by hundreds of people signing the petition

Town Council clerk, Robert Robinson, said: "The Council is reviewing what is best for the markets, traders and the town.

"This paper has been prepared to enable a discussion to take place before any decision is made.

"The survey will be carried out consulting the retail businesses, market traders and general public.

"We are seeking views on the future of the Town Market and where they should be located before any decision is made.

"Only those views expressed through the survey will be considered."

The Town Council say that reasons for a change of location is that it could link the retail park and the town centre which could see more passing trade.

But market traders contradict the council's views on this and feel that changes would see the amount of people shopping with them dwindle.

One market trader told The County Times: ""e don't want to move really, what's needed is a bit of a revamp here.

"We've spoken to locals who shop here, many are elderly and their not going to walk all the way down there to visit the stalls.

"When visitors come to town, it's the high street they'll be visiting and we feel we'd miss the passing trade.

"We've got an online petition and it's at shops all around town, we've received support from hundreds of people."

The Town Council's consultation finishes on February 28, and can be pound in paper form at the Tourist Information Centre, Town Council officer and market cafe, or online at

at www.welshpooltowncouncil.gov.uk

To Save Welshpool Market, visit save-welshpool-market.yolasite.com