Bath boat trip operator backs riverside market
A Bath businessman who has taken countless passengers on boat trips along the River Avon has said he will welcome a riverside market – provided the operators had all the necessary permissions in place.
Tony Murphy, the commercial director of Bath City Boat Trips, said: "I am in favour of a market here on a regular basis; however, we all play by the rules and so should they.
"I am not sure if the people who plan to open the market have the related permits but in general terms I would have to be in favour. Anything that brings people down to the river is good and gives us a chance.
"They did a trial run a couple of months ago on a Sunday and it was a success in terms of the number of people it attracted and the traders did a fairly good business from what I understand.
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"But there are several factors that really need to be put in place properly, the path is part of the public highway and I understand they are not allowed to put any structure on the public highway in terms of a pitch. The grass verge belongs to the rugby club and the Recreation Ground Trust so I understand they would need permission from them."
Market organiser Alfie Windsor said 83 small businesses had signed up to attend the market on a regular basis, while 1,400 had been asked to be kept informed.
He insisted that the trial event had proved the location was safe, with 4,000 people using the walkway in the six hours it was on.
"The market stalls were all erected on the grass verges of the path and so did not obstruct the free flow of people."