Consultation item

St George's Street and Canterbury Market

Update - Coronavirus - 24 March 2020

This consultation is currently ongoing and is due to close on Sunday 19 April.

The situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing daily and many people who have not yet had time to respond to the consultation will now be spending their time on more urgent issues. Meetings with key stakeholders have also had to be cancelled.

Because of these factors, we will continue to accept consultation responses until Sunday 29 March. The consultation will then be paused and will reopen at a future date when events have calmed down.

We will let you know when the consultation will start again, and how long for. Thank you for your understanding during this period of unprecedented events


We would like to hear your views on our proposals to improve the appearance of St George’s Street which could include removing the current street market.

The appearance of St George’s Street has been gradually declining over many years. 

The block paving installed in the 1980s is now very dated, poorly maintained and tree roots are causing trip hazards. 

The pedestrianised section between Canterbury Lane and Rose Lane is one of the main shopping areas in the city and, for some, presents a poor impression that reflects badly on the city centre as a whole.

We are proposing to improve the paving, seating and street lighting and provide cycle racks, as well as decluttering the street, planting 14 new trees and removing five. 

We are also consulting on permanently removing the market from St George’s Street. This would allow us to accommodate different kinds of street traders as well as creating a fully-flexible space to host events, attractions and activities.

Regardless of its permanent removal, the market would not be able to operate for around six months while we carry out the improvement works.

Read the Equality Impact Assessment and Climate Change Impact Assessment.

Have your say

We want to hear what you think about our plans. Please complete our questionnaire by Sunday 29 March 2020. 

The consultation will be paused from 29 March and will reopen at a future date as mentioned above.