MELL Square has been given the green-light to hold a German Market over the Christmas period.
It is hoped that the festive event will follow the success of Birmingham’s Frankfurt Market – which attracts over two million visitors every year.
The application had gone before the planning committee last month, but members had wanted more information about security and the sale of alcohol.
On Wednesday night they voted by a majority to rubber stamp the proposals.
Coun Ken Hawkins (Con, Elmdon) told the committee that the market would bring some “Christmas cheer” to the town centre.
“Surely in our current economic climate there’s a need for this market. It will generate more visitors to the town centre and more people visiting the retailers,” he said.
Leader of Solihull Council, Ken Meeson, had also given backing to the plans – highlighting the success of similar ventures.
But Coun Glenis Slater (Lib Dem, Elmdon) objected to the sale of alcohol in the square.
“I will not support this application because I don’t see why there has to be alcohol on sale,” she said.
“I have no objection whatsoever to a market of this kind, but can we not have Christmas joy without alcohol?”
Solihull’s first “Crindalmart” will feature stalls, a band-stand and Christmas Pyramid – a traditional German decoration (and possible predecessor of the Christmas tree).
Under the proposals, the market would run between November 24 and Christmas Eve.
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