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Views sought on Ashbourne Thursday Market

Derbyshire Dales District Council is consulting with stall holders, residents and local businesses for their views on the proposed temporary closure of its Ashbourne Thursday Market.

In recent weeks stall occupation at the market, which currently operates in the town’s historic market place, has been as low as zero.

The District Council announced earlier this year that it intends to move the Thursday market to a new trial location - Civic Square – which will be levelled in preparation to accommodate stalls.

A District Council, spokesperson said:

"The trial is scheduled to happen in April next year and we believe it makes sense to temporarily close the Thursday market until then. It's no secret that the turnout at Ashbourne's Thursday markets has been disappointing for some time now - that’s why we’re consulting about the temporary closure proposal.

“We hope to find support for the move of the Thursday market to Civic Square, where there is more footfall. The aim is to bring the market back to life and we want as many people as possible to tell us their views as part of the consultation.”

  • The survey has now closed.

As part of the consultation people are also being asked to suggest ways to encourage new stall holders to the Thursday market.

For further details about the consultation or to register an interest to trade at Ashbourne Market please email markets@derbyshiredales.gov.uk 

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