Work starts at Watford's new market

Work starts at Watford's new market

Work starts at Watford's new market

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Work has started at Watford’s new market site this week.

A new illuminated brick footpath, enabling shoppers to reach the market from Beechen Grove and Clarendon Road, is being built, just one of several areas of work that is being undertaken before the main contractors begin on site at the beginning of April.

The contractors have now been confirmed as TSP, a local company based in Hatfield.

Elected Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill said: "It’s great news that work has finally started, and excitement is growing ahead of the main construction commencing. As well as the pathway, new lighting and railings are being installed and trees planted.

"The council is creating a modern market that will look and feel different to the existing market. The current market has been losing business for years and the Charter Place building it is housed in is uneconomical to maintain. For the market to survive we need to make sure that we have an exciting, fit for purpose retail environment for traders and shoppers alike."

Watford Market, will open in September, moving to a fully covered, purpose-built- two story market next to the former TJ Hughes building that will be open five days a week.

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3:20pm Fri 14 Mar 14

not a regular says...

Shocking artist's impression.
Shocking artist's impression. not a regular
  • Score: 7

4:16pm Fri 14 Mar 14

garry.armstrong232@btinternet.com says...

why not just leave it were it was in side an not out side you have killed it an watford with all the things your doing the market is in a great place why fix something when its not broken dont know wat your doing do ya mrs
why not just leave it were it was in side an not out side you have killed it an watford with all the things your doing the market is in a great place why fix something when its not broken dont know wat your doing do ya mrs garry.armstrong232@btinternet.com
  • Score: 8

5:40pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Andrew1963 says...

It is a shame that the occupant of the old Clements Building (B&M Bargains) is such a woeful shop, falling between the £1 shops and a good old general shop like Wilkinsons in charter Place. A mini supermarket in the old Clements (like a Tesco express - but that's further down by the Harlequin) might have helped the new market generate some footfall, but cant see it being a roaring success tucked away by the ringroad. A 3 day street market in the parade like St Albans would have been better.
It is a shame that the occupant of the old Clements Building (B&M Bargains) is such a woeful shop, falling between the £1 shops and a good old general shop like Wilkinsons in charter Place. A mini supermarket in the old Clements (like a Tesco express - but that's further down by the Harlequin) might have helped the new market generate some footfall, but cant see it being a roaring success tucked away by the ringroad. A 3 day street market in the parade like St Albans would have been better. Andrew1963
  • Score: 12

8:01am Sat 15 Mar 14

Wacko Jacko says...

Looking forward to the new market which will have stalls spilling out into the Parade, it will bring much needed retail excitement to this part of our town
Looking forward to the new market which will have stalls spilling out into the Parade, it will bring much needed retail excitement to this part of our town Wacko Jacko
  • Score: -6

8:30am Sat 15 Mar 14

Tizer001 says...

Be great to have a new market, cant wait till it opens later this year
Be great to have a new market, cant wait till it opens later this year Tizer001
  • Score: -5

11:38am Sat 15 Mar 14

dontknowynot says...

I have to take my hat of to Dotty, I thought it couldn't be done, thought it was impossible, but she has pulled it of against all the odds, our illustrious Mayor has found a more out of the way , dire and depressing location for the Market than the poorly maintained and supported tuck-away it inhabits today.
I have to take my hat of to Dotty, I thought it couldn't be done, thought it was impossible, but she has pulled it of against all the odds, our illustrious Mayor has found a more out of the way , dire and depressing location for the Market than the poorly maintained and supported tuck-away it inhabits today. dontknowynot
  • Score: 10

2:35pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

It soesn't take much to excite the LibDems does it? Dotty feels the excitement building and Wacko says it will be exciting too.

Unless they are one and the same, i.e. Dotty is Wacko, or is that Wacko is dotty? Maybe both are true, you just can't tell with these LibDems who are so dotty they have "forgotten" their own names so post under false names all the time. Anyway, these LibDems really need to get out more and smell the coffee.

I doubt a pile of containers on a ring road conjures up a feeling of excitement for anyone else other than LibDem councillors. Rather it is an opportunity lost to make something of Watford market which has never been as good since it went indoors into Charter Place.
It soesn't take much to excite the LibDems does it? Dotty feels the excitement building and Wacko says it will be exciting too. Unless they are one and the same, i.e. Dotty is Wacko, or is that Wacko is dotty? Maybe both are true, you just can't tell with these LibDems who are so dotty they have "forgotten" their own names so post under false names all the time. Anyway, these LibDems really need to get out more and smell the coffee. I doubt a pile of containers on a ring road conjures up a feeling of excitement for anyone else other than LibDem councillors. Rather it is an opportunity lost to make something of Watford market which has never been as good since it went indoors into Charter Place. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -3

9:24pm Sat 15 Mar 14

dontknowynot says...

Tizer001 wrote:
Be great to have a new market, cant wait till it opens later this year
its new in one sense but the old one is closing so its no net gain (in fact there is a loss), just like wicks HQ is moving here, claims are made re new jobs but in essence they are just transfering from Harrow so no net gain.
[quote][p][bold]Tizer001[/bold] wrote: Be great to have a new market, cant wait till it opens later this year[/p][/quote]its new in one sense but the old one is closing so its no net gain (in fact there is a loss), just like wicks HQ is moving here, claims are made re new jobs but in essence they are just transfering from Harrow so no net gain. dontknowynot
  • Score: 3

10:41am Sun 16 Mar 14

#UKMum says...

Just tire of senseless 'refurbishment' of things that are perfectly OK already.
Just tire of senseless 'refurbishment' of things that are perfectly OK already. #UKMum
  • Score: 3

9:59am Mon 17 Mar 14

vickyt34 says...

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
It soesn't take much to excite the LibDems does it? Dotty feels the excitement building and Wacko says it will be exciting too.

Unless they are one and the same, i.e. Dotty is Wacko, or is that Wacko is dotty? Maybe both are true, you just can't tell with these LibDems who are so dotty they have "forgotten" their own names so post under false names all the time. Anyway, these LibDems really need to get out more and smell the coffee.

I doubt a pile of containers on a ring road conjures up a feeling of excitement for anyone else other than LibDem councillors. Rather it is an opportunity lost to make something of Watford market which has never been as good since it went indoors into Charter Place.
6th of March at 10.37 you posted;

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

I also know what I would do differently as Mayor. Our manifesto should be on our website next week so please keep an eye out for it. It will explain what we believe needs to change to turn our council into the sort of council people will be proud of.

Where is it Phil?
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: It soesn't take much to excite the LibDems does it? Dotty feels the excitement building and Wacko says it will be exciting too. Unless they are one and the same, i.e. Dotty is Wacko, or is that Wacko is dotty? Maybe both are true, you just can't tell with these LibDems who are so dotty they have "forgotten" their own names so post under false names all the time. Anyway, these LibDems really need to get out more and smell the coffee. I doubt a pile of containers on a ring road conjures up a feeling of excitement for anyone else other than LibDem councillors. Rather it is an opportunity lost to make something of Watford market which has never been as good since it went indoors into Charter Place.[/p][/quote]6th of March at 10.37 you posted; Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says... I also know what I would do differently as Mayor. Our manifesto should be on our website next week so please keep an eye out for it. It will explain what we believe needs to change to turn our council into the sort of council people will be proud of. Where is it Phil? vickyt34
  • Score: 1

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