The authority says the wooden stalls installed in 2012 are nearing the end of their operational life and may be replaced.

Councillors also say they want to utilise Market House, which is currently used by pop-up shop, Not My Beautiful House, after it moved locations from Fife Road.

The shop is entirely staffed by Kingston University students and graduates and sells work from students, alumni and the community with an 80/20% split: 80% percent goes to the seller and 20% to the students to invest back into the project.

More about Not My Beautiful House can be found here: Not My Beautiful House

Kingston Council says it will be seeking approval to advertise for an operator who can manage the space for the next ten years.

The committee paper detailing the proposals has been published on the Kingston Council website. If the approach is approved on the 19th of March, a further report will be presented to the Corporate and Resources Committee outlining the outcome of the selection process prior to appointing a provider.

The council has laid out three options, with #1 it’s preferred option.

1) Package the Market House, Street Market and Place under one opportunity/arrangement.
2) Package the Market House and Market Place as individual sites.
3) No change to market, management operations on continued rolling lease agreement, with the current managing operator. Market House let on a temporary basis. Assets considered as isolated, stand alone assets rather than
integrated place package.