Commenting on concerns being expressed by shopkeepers in Perth City Centre about access to their premises being hampered by the stalls and cabins associated with the Christmas Market, the Scottish National Party’s Mr Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire has said that the issue underlined the need for a Civic Square to be opened up in the city centre.
Speaking today (Thursday) Mr Wishart said:
“The Christmas Market is an extremely attractive addition to the Perth shopping experience, adding to the festive atmosphere, in the run up to Christmas. But it should not be an obstacle to business for those who ply their trade in the city centre all year long.
“I am pleased to note that the Council have responded quickly to the concerns being expressed by city centre shopkeepers and that the layout of the Christmas Market will be amended.
“Street markets have become a really positive feature of city centre shopping in recent years and I really want to see that encouraged. What this experience should tell us is that there is a real need for an open space in the city centre such as is envisaged in the Council’s plans for a Civic Square to replace the City Halls.
“Opening up that area between St John’s Kirk and the St John’s Centre would really create a flexible space that would be perfectly suited to allowing markets of this nature to exist happily and easily side by side with the permanent businesses."