Crow Opinion: Taking a risk

NEXT week Royston Town Council will decide whether it wants to run the twice-a-week market. Its joint bid with the Royston Town Centre Forum has been accepted by North Herts District Council, which has wanted to privatise the operation in a cost-cutting

NEXT week Royston Town Council will decide whether it wants to run the twice-a-week market.

Its joint bid with the Royston Town Centre Forum has been accepted by North Herts District Council, which has wanted to "privatise" the operation in a cost-cutting exercise.

The decision, obviously, will depend on whether the terms of the contract will be worthwhile. In other words, whether the district council will still making a contribution towards running the market.

Members will be examining the "deal" during a behind-closed-doors session before deciding whether to accept the contract.


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To take on running the market, however, has to be seen as a risk rather than a reckless gamble.

The publication soon of the Royston Town Centre strategy, and the hopes of the Royston First project make the market key to the rejuvenation of the town centre.

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It is a risk that may now seem worth taking, but it may take some time before the market is revived to the days of the past.

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