New impetus to improve Ashbourne Market

Local councils are working together to bring artisan flair to Ashbourne's Saturday market.

Your District Council, which operates markets in the town on Thursdays as well as Saturdays, is working with Ashbourne Town Council to attract speciality stallholders to significantly improve the weekend offering for local shoppers.

A new trading arrangement will see a tendering process next month for the Saturday market to attract a new operator with experience of managing successful markets in the region.

A District Council, spokesperson said:

"It's no secret that the turnout at Ashbourne's markets have been disappointing for some time now and we are delighted to be working with the Town Council in an attempt to bring new impetus and interest to the town on Saturdays."

The two councils are also continuing to investigate the possibility of moving the Thursday market from its traditional home in the Market Place to Civic Square on a trial basis for six months in a bid to encourage new traders and improve the market offer.

Caroline Cooper, Chairperson of Ashbourne Town Council's Environment Committee said:

"We see the artisan-style stalls as a significant new addition to the current market offering and a way of supporting existing traders with new specialities very much focused on locally produced goods - while at the same time preserving Ashbourne's proud heritage as a market town.

"We hope that our townspeople will appreciate the temporary movement of the Thursday market to Civic Square in order to hopefully regenerate and bring it back to life.

"This could be the start of something really lively for a town that has much to offer the Derbyshire Dales as a whole."

As part of the initiative, current and new traders at the District Council's markets in Ashbourne, Wirksworth and Matlock (indoor) will pay just £10 per session.

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