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"As someone who has lived in this area for 12 years, I have to disagree with JW's suggestion that the Saturday market at Broadway has done nothing to help the local economy regenerate the area. When I moved here, 70% of Broadway Market shops were closed down; there was no Saturday market, and local amenities were limited to the fruit and veg stall (who is still there and has done very well out of Saturday), the butcher (ditto), a few local grocery stores and the ironmongers (all still there) and betting shops (one of which has admittedly now closed down, but what did they do to boost the local economy anyway?). As a local (if 12 years is long enough to qualify), I have marvelled at the positive changes that have taken place; the market does need to continue to support local traders and encourage a range of stalls run by and for local people (the traders and residents association gives generously to local projects), and yes, it often gets very crowded and the overspill from the pubs can be hard to negotiate in the summer, but to say it has done nothing for the local area is quite frankly wrong."

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