PLANS to create a new market in Corringham have been thrown out over fears it could damage the town centre’s “vitality and viability”.

All nine members of Thurrock Council’s planning committee threw out the plans for the three-day 24-stall market, after a protest from residents, which saw 1,500 sign a petition against the proposal.

Robert Wong, a director of Outdoor Market Group, which put in the plans, said the market would create more jobs and offer a more diverse selection of goods than town centre shops.

However, councillors disagreed and Phil Anderson, who represents Stanford East and Corringham Town, said the plans had to be refused.

He said: “I’ve listened to the arguments both for and against but, having listened tonight, I’m of the view this seriously puts at risk the vitality and viability of Corringham town centre.”

Emma Keast, who owns the Cranberries gift shop in the town, was pleased at the result. She said: “The bottom line is the community and residents didn’t want the market. People who know the town realise it isn’t right.”

Mr Wong has vowed to appeal against the decision.