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SAVE THE COVERED MARKET
...one of Oxford's crown jewels.
The Covered Market was created in an attempt to tidy up Oxford, the centre of which became a mess with unsightly and unsavoury stalls along the main streets. John Gwynn architect of Magdalen Bridge, drew up the plans and designed the High Street front with its four entrances. In 1772 the Market Committee, membership of which was drawn from town and half gown, used an estimated budget of nine hundred and sixteen pounds ten shillings, for building twenty butchers' shops. By 1773 meat was exclusively sold inside the Covered Market. From this nucleus the market grew, with stalls for garden produce, meat, dairy products and fish.
Today you can buy a great selection of meat, numerous cheeses, and other fresh produce. The Covered Market also has stores purveying clothes, records, pine furniture, leather products, shoes and services such as a barber's shop, florist, picture framing and key cutting.
A TREASURE UNDER THREAT
"We want a level playing field for traders in terms of rents because a market like this needs butchers, bakers and flower sellers - it can't be all coffee shops." Richard Alden, chairman of the Covered Market Traders' Association, who manages Hayman's Fisheries.
After near 25 years of Labour administration and more recently, with Liberals in charge, businesses in the historic market are complaining that the number of shoppers has fallen. Causes are: economic slowdown, competition from other city-based markets, illegal street peddling and the run-down condition of the building. Many traders claim the market is being neglected by the City Council, pointing to the leaking roof and poor standards of cleanliness. To rub salt into the wound the Liberal-run City Council is now demanding huge increases in rent (in some cases up to 50%).
CONSERVATIVE ACTION TO PROTECT THE COVERED MARKET
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