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Brighton Open Market moved for development

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Image caption Fresh fruit and veg will be among good sold at the temporary site in Francis Street

A market in Brighton established by ex-servicemen after World War I has moved to a temporary home as redevelopment of its permanent site gets under way.

Eight traders from the Open Market have moved to Francis Street after the closure of the London Road site.

Demolition on the old site is due to start later this month as part of an £18m Hyde Housing Association project to build 87 affordable homes.

The market will reopen as a community enterprise in Francis Street in 2013.

Brighton and Hove City Council said goods including fruit and vegetables, fish, pet supplies and haberdashery will be sold on the temporary site from Monday.

The new market will provide 44 covered market stalls, 12 arts workshops and a central square for entertainment and other activities.

The council said 80 jobs would be created during construction, with a range of training and apprenticeship posts being set up.

Another 100 full-time jobs will be created when the development is completed.

"It's such a proud moment to get this major project off the ground," said Councillor Ian Davey.

"It should provide a catalyst for the regeneration of London Road and become a real hub of the community."

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