SURVEY | Have your say on a proposal to move Ashbourne's Saturday stall market to a successful new location trialled by the town's Thursday stall market.
The success of Ashbourne’s relaunched Thursday stall market at its new location has prompted your District Council to consult on the possibility of switching the Saturday market to the same site.
From a stall occupation as low as zero in its traditional Market Place home, the Thursday market has seen take-up running at almost 100% since it switched in April to the area known locally as Civic Square.
Now the District Council is to consult with Ashbourne Town Council, stall holders, residents and local businesses for their views on the proposed permanent move of the Saturday Market to the same new site – recently levelled by the council - between the Library and Waitrose.
But there are no plans to abandon the Market Place altogether. The District Council is currently putting the final touches to an arrangement with a specialist company to run a monthly artisan market there on Saturdays.
- The six-weeks’ consultation has now started, running until 24 July and you are invited to complete this short survey. Councillors will consider the response in September.
A District Council, spokesperson said:
"Trialling a new location for the Thursday Market was done at the suggestion of market traders and the response from stall holders and local people has exceeded expectations.
“There is no doubt that there is more footfall in that part of the town and the common sense next stage is to talk to people about moving the Saturday market too, something we have always been clear was a possibility.
“Towns evolve over time and while we appreciate the historic links to the Market Place, the success of the new location, which we have levelled for markets and other outdoor events, is there for all to see.
“While the Saturday market is not failing to the extent the Thursday offering was in the Market Place, there is still work to be done to breathe new life into it, and we want as many people as possible to tell us their views as part of the consultation.”
For further details about the consultation or to register an interest to trade at Ashbourne Market please email email@example.com