Ashbourne’s Thursday stallmarket is to be put on ice for the first three months of 2017, re-opening at a new trial venue on 6 April.
The decision to close the market for the time being follows a consultation by Derbyshire Dales District Council with stall holders, residents, local businesses and Ashbourne Town Council.
In recent weeks stall occupation at the market, which currently operates in the town’s historic Market Place, has been as low as zero, including a scheduled market on 5 January.
That’s despite the District Council offering stalls at a discounted £10 a day during recent months.
The District Council announced last 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.
Of the people who responded to the District Council’s survey – mostly local residents – only 28% didn’t support the temporary closure, while more than 62% felt the closure would not affect trade to businesses around the Market Place and in the town.
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