03:23AM, Tuesday 13 November 2012
A planned Christmas market at Windsor's Alexandra Gardens is causing concern.
Some fear it could draw trade away from permanent operators in the town. The market will operate as an adjunct to the annual Christmas ice rink in the gardens over the Christmas weeks.
This week Windsor's town centre manager Paul Roach admitted the market could be a bit of a risk. But he said: "We want to see if it works. I am having a meeting this week to discuss the things that will be on sale and whether or not they will duplicate what's already on sale in the town.
"There will only be 10 stalls, not hundreds as some European towns have.
"If it works it will be another attraction to the town, that will lead to people using other shops."
Ian Jones, who is the proprietor of Cinnamon Cafe in the Windsor Royal Shopping area, said: "I don't think this is going down well with the concession stalls who operate in the centre. Some pay £12,000 or £13,000 a year to operate here and they are the ones who could be affected by this."
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