WITH Palma's future tram due to run down the Avenidas, traders at the Saturday market and adjacent flea market have entered into negotiation with Palma Town Council about their move to new sites.

The traders, who belong to the Fairs and Markets Association initially approached the city council about relocating to Plaza d'España or Parc de Ses Estacions as these were both central alternatives.

However, the traders are now studying the council's proposal which is firstly to move the Saturday street market to a pitch in the Parc de la Mar and secondly the flea market to Son Fuster Vell near the Son Castello industrial estate.

The council has it in mind to set up the stands in the Parc de la Mar which would be most attractive to tourists while the remainder would be relocated to the disused carpark at Son Fuster Vell, a site which the council claims has been chosen because of ease of access and good parking facilities.

The Association had told the Council that the proposals for the new site for the flea market would have to combine a number of prerequisite conditions.
It would have to be a place which both local people and tourists would find easy to get to, and one that didn't upset or provide competition to other shopkeepers in the area. The traders want whatever site is selected to be a permanent one which can be reached by pubic transport - Son Fuster Vell is on the new metro line. Safety and security would also have to be taken into consideration, as much for traders as for customers.

The sites proposed by the ruling Socialists on the Council were approved in its “State of Palma” debate despite the abstention of the Opposition Partido Popular party. All other parties were in favour.