By Jack Deacon
Traders from Brighton’s Open Market have been moved to Francis Street so that an £18m project to build 87 affordable homes on the London Road site can begin.
Photo used under creative commons by Wendy Piersall
The temporary site on Francis Street, which traders started operating from on Monday, will sell goods including fruit and vegetables, fish, pet supplies and haberdashery.
Traders, some of whom have operated on the market for 30 years, will remain on the temporary site for seven months while demolition of the old site takes place.
When the market reopens as a community enterprise on Francis Street in 2013, it will provide 44 covered market stools, 12 artisan workshops and a central square for entertainment and visiting farmers.
The construction process will create 80 jobs, with a range of training and apprenticeship posts being set up, and a further 100 jobs once it’s completed.
Councillor Ian Davey said it was a “proud moment” getting the project off the ground, and added that “it should provide a catalyst for the regeneration of London Road and become a real hub of the community”.