The flea market in the centre of Eindhoven will be moved to the Catharinaplein. A proposal by opposition parties to block the move did not receive a majority in the council last Tuesday night.
The flea market or Lichtstadmarkt is now held every Saturday at the Demer, the main shopping street. According to Christian Union, BBL (‘Brede Beweging Linksom’, wide movement around the left), LPF (List Pim Fortyn), Elders Appeal, CDA (Christian democrats) and Leefbaar (livable) Eindhoven there is no support among the merchants to move the market to Catharinaplein. The opposition parties consider it a bad idea if the steps of the Catharina Church are used for the market.
The Church is opposed, and there are often funerals and marriages on Saturdays.
The coalition parties welcome the move to Catharinaplein as did the college. Major retailers on the Demer have been complaining for years about the bric-a-brac market. Moreover, research shows that the market has little added value at the Demer. The market would be more attractive to the public on the Catharinaplein. Furthermore, all parties concerned have searched for years for a new location. The coalition parties believe that it is time to tie the knot.