Bristol

Plans to attract more visitors to Old Market in Bristol

Businesses in an old part of Bristol say they are hoping to attract more visitors to the area.

Once the city's main shopping area, Old Market, in the city centre, is currently home to various massage parlours and lap dancing clubs.

Eva Stuetzenberger, from Destination Bristol, said all the businesses there could have a positive impact.

Destination Bristol and the Old Market Community Association have devised the plans.

A Destination Bristol spokesman said the production of an illustrated map showing local amenities, businesses and events was being considered.

'No conflict'

Referring to the sex shops and lap dancing clubs, Ms Stuetzenberger said: "They have become an integral part of it [the area].

"Some of them are part of the community association and they try to engage with the area.

"We're pleased they've started this conversation with us and there's absolutely no conflict with having some of these businesses in the area and ensuring that they are developing successfully."

Emma Harvey, manager of the Trinity Centre in Lawrence Hill, said the area could be transformed with a bit of investment.

"In a similar way to Soho, it will balance all the different communities that live and work in the area," she said.

"In terms of the massage parlours, the high street isn't really dominated in the way that people perceive and it is an area that is developing.

"It's got the most historic buildings in the city - there are over 60 listed buildings along that high street and that in itself is a reason for people to pop down."

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