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Castletown Square's winter future yet to be decided

Four spaces reinstated this month

Traders in Castletown will have to wait until the end of September to find out if the entire Market Square will be open for parking once again.

Last night (2 September) commissioners chose to reinstate four spaces by Barclay's Bank until the end of this month, but haven't agreed a layout for the winter period.

The artificial turf will be left at the square, though some of the features like the hanging baskets have been removed in the wake of the autumnal weather.

It comes after a summer of compromise over the local authority's plans to pedestrianise the whole square.

In April, the board agreed to meet traders 'halfway' by leaving 50 per cent of the parking available by the George Hotel.

Businesses including JAC Stores, Radcliffe's the Butchers, and the Gaslight Gift Shop, have asked that all spaces be reintroduced in the colder months.

The order for the partial closure of the square expires on 30 September, by which time the commissioners will have met again to discuss the issue.

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