Evening mar­kets plan for town cen­tre

Leek Post & Times - - NEWS -

MAR­KETS in two Staffordshire Moor­lands towns are con­tin­u­ing to grow.

Leek’s Wed­nes­day mar­ket has in­creased by 20 per cent, while pro­pos­als are be­ing drawn up to ex­tend the Fri­day mar­ket in Chea­dle.

Now fur­ther plans are be­ing made to bring in sev­eral spe­cial­ist mar­kets, in­clud­ing evening events in Leek.

Coun­cil­lor Ed­win Wain, who has the re­spon­si­bil­ity for plan­ning, car parks and mar­kets at Staffordshire Moor­lands District Coun­cil, said: “The Wed­nes­day mar­ket in Leek is up by 20 per cent. We are now look­ing to ex­pand it as peo­ple are wait­ing to come in.

“This is good news as many other town mar­kets are strug­gling.

“We are also look­ing at hav­ing spe­cial­ist mar­kets with dif­fer­ent stalls. Wine stalls are be­ing looked at after I vis­ited Shrews­bury where they have such stalls and it seems a great idea.

“An­other idea is to have some night mar­kets, to en­able those peo­ple who are work­ing in the day, to at­tend.

“The move from the Mar­ket Place to the main streets in Leek has worked. Traders have also seemed happy with the move.

“Mean­while re­fur­bish­ment work, which has in­cluded roof main­te­nance, heat­ing and dec­o­ra­tion, is on­go­ing in the But­ter and Tres­tle Mar­kets in Leek.

“The traders also seem happy in Chea­dle and we are also now look­ing at ex­pand­ing the Fri­day mar­ket.”

“I am happy that the Chan­cel­lor has helped high street busi­nesses by re­duc­ing busi­ness rate tax on shops.”

Coun­cil­lor Dani Og­den, who is a cab­i­net sup­port mem­ber on the rul­ing cab­i­net at the district coun­cil, has also been work­ing along­side Mr Wain on the mar­ket projects.

She said: “I have great hope for the town mar­kets. We now have an amaz­ing team work­ing on them.

“We are look­ing at a twi­light mar­ket in Leek in De­cem­ber and also prob­a­bly next year.

“These are ex­cit­ing times and we want to build up the High Street. I also be­lieve that things do go in a full cir­cle.”

The en­trance to the But­ter Mar­ket at Leek.

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