Mixed reaction to Council decision to move Ballymena Saturday Morning Market to Ballymoney Road Car Park

The Ballymoney Road Car Park.

THERE has been a mixed reaction to the Council’s decision to move the Ballymena Saturday morning market from the car park at the Seven Towers Leisure Centre to the Ballymoney Road Car Park.

 

Councillors have approved the relocation, Mid & East Antrim Borough Council revealed on Monday.

The Ballymena Weekly Market has been operating in the town for many years.

 

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Pictured above: Videos showing the Ballymoney Road Car Park.

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Four sites were explored throughout Ballymena with the Ballymoney Road location being the most suitable to accommodate traders and customers, a council press release said.

Alderman Audrey Wales MBE proposed the recommendations and it was seconded by Councillor William McCaughey.

The Ballymoney Road Car Park.

 

Alderman Wales, said: “This is a new beginning for Ballymena’s Saturday Market.

“It signals a new future and a move that will ensure the future sustainability of the market within the context of promoting the town centre and its economic recovery plan.

The Ballymoney Road Car Park.

 

“As restrictions begin to lift we will start to see people return to the town centres and we want to do everything in order to support our traders in this new normal.

“Council recognises the importance of the Saturday market and this new location will allow accessibility for more traders and customers.

“The aim is to benefit visitors, shoppers, and traders and ultimately help breathe new life into Ballymena Saturday Market.”

Councillors decided that the location, close to the town centre, which is one of the main arterial routes into Ballymena, would attract more people and it is also within close proximity to the bus and railway stations.

The date of the move for the market from the Seven Towers Leisure Centre to the Ballymoney Road Car Park will be announced in due course.

There has been a mixed reaction so far.

Many people feel it is a good move but others expressed concerns about parking.

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2 comments
  • Better where it was. No parking near proposed site. There again the council made a decision without first asking the people.

  • I am old enough to remember the Livestock market at the Thomas Street site. It was always the highlight of the week and you would bump into many friends there. I left 30 years ago so never saw the one at the leisure center. To me Characters like Archie McDonald and Mr. Scullion selling his ‘Prugh’ (Bric a Brac) and the blokes coming down from belfast selling from their high sided lorries with everyone out for a bargain. All the sights and smells and sounds will stay with me forever. I am 64 now and living in Norfolk which, lucky for me, has loads of village and rural town markets but the ‘Fair Hill’ was and is part of my past.