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Last Updated: Monday, 26 January, 2004, 16:01 GMT
Campaign to save historic market
Option One for Norwich Market
Option one would have pod stalls and street art around the market
A campaign has begun to save an historic market place in Norfolk from a complete redesign.

Residents in Norwich had been asked to vote for one of three futuristic designs which would give the city's market a fresh look.

But opponents to Norwich City Council's plans claim the public should be allowed a fourth choice - a simple refurbishment of the facility.

Members of the Norwich Green Party have been gathering support in a petition to try and force the council to rethink its proposals.

Option two for Norwich Market
Option two has awnings, similar to material at the Forum car park

A consultation process begun in December to discover which of the three schemes would find favour with the public.

The council said the market needed an overhaul as the electrics and drainage are 30 years old and the aisles too narrow.

Adrian Ramsay, Green Party spokesman, said on Monday the character of the market was under threat and hundreds of people have signed a petition to demand the prime site is protected.

"A huge amount of market stall holders are pulling together with the Norwich Society, Green Party, councillors from other parties and the public to force the council's executive to changes its mind," he said.

Option three for Norwich Market
Option three has metal framed stalls covered by pyramids
"I think they will soon realise that they have gone down the wrong road with this.

"They will see they don't have much support for a redesign and will have to go for a refurbishment."

The three proposed designs would provide new wider aisles but would reduce the number of market stalls from 205 to between 140 and 160.

It was hoped work would begin to replace the market in January 2005 and will be finalised in time for Christmas shopping later in the year.

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