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Christmas Market and ice rink to become a fixture of the festive period in Gloucester

Gloucester's Christmas Market and ice rink could become a fixture of the Festive season if plans submitted to the city council are approved.

An application has been submitted that will see permission granted for the markets and ice rinks to be in place for the next five years.

The plans have been submitted by WYG on behalf of Gloucester Quays who say that the proposals would be managed by their Quays Events Team.

The application says: The Christmas Market on the site has been a regular fixture in Gloucester for a number of years now and has grown in popularity.

"Our client's aspiration is to continue to build on the success of previous years, drawing in tourists and increasing visitors dwell times and spend within the city centre."

Planning permission was granted in 2016 for the Christmas Market and ice rink to be held in Orchard Square, High Orchard Street and Llanthony Road for a three-year period through to 2018/2019.

A subsequent application saw the market expanded into Mariners Square and land around Victoria Dock and the latest plans would see the full-site used for five years through to 2023/24.

The market will contain 32 3m by 1.6m cabins, 25 (3m x 3m) marquees and 74 stalls (3m x 2.1m) with a number of food and beverage pitches also included.

A helter-skelter would be sited in Victoria Basin and a corousel will be in place on Mariners Square.

The plans say that construction will start during the last week of October with the ice rink being operational from November 14 through to January 5.

The Victorian Market will run from November 14 to December 7, although for 2019 the market is proposed to operate for just 11 days.

The application says that the current plans hope to develop on what has become a successful and well-attended event for the city.

The application said: "Provision of such facilities on a temporary annual basis complements the existing retail and leisure offer of the city.

"This encourages visitors to increase dwell times in the centre and choose Gloucester as a seasonal shopping destination, rather than competing regional shopping destinations such as Cheltenham, Bristol and The Mall Cribbs Causeway.

"Whilst only a temporary proposal the development has the potential to make a significant positive contribution to the city over the next five years, as it has done for the past three."

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