Community group wins bid to operate Buxton’s markets for council

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Buxton Market
  • Buxton Town Team sets out its stall to regenerate Buxton Market Place
  • Community group awarded licence to run twice-weekly markets for council
  • Planned relaunch in spring 2016 would introduce themed Saturday markets
  • Community Interest Company to give public greater say over how market is run
  • Fundraising to purchase robust and colourful stalls and hire staff
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Buxton Town Team has been given the go-ahead to take over the running of the town’s twice-weekly markets, pledging to bring new life to the area and bring traders and the community together.

High Peak Borough Council has offered the Town Team a five-year licence to operate on the Market Place on Tuesdays and Saturdays, following a competitive tendering process.

We believe that a regenerated market will bring more people into Buxton which will benefit traders throughout the town.

Roddie MacLean, Buxton Town Team chairman

The final terms of the licence are still to be agreed.

“We are thrilled that the council has given us this opportunity,” said Roddie MacLean, chairman of Buxton Town Team.

“It is particularly pleasing that the council has demonstrated such faith in our ability to take up this challenge.

“The huge popularity of the town team’s spring fair and the experience of the pilot artisan markets on the Market Place have demonstrated that we can attract large numbers of people to Higher Buxton.

“We believe that a regenerated market will bring more people into Buxton which will benefit traders throughout the town.”

The team’s plan is to re-launch the market in spring 2016. The Tuesday market will be traditional, selling everyday items such as food, clothing, household goods and garden products.

The Saturday market will combine the regular stalls with a rotating cycle of differently themed markets each week.

Themes might include a specialist food market, fashion and accessories, gardens, arts and crafts and antiques and collectables.

And local people will be able to have a real stake in the project by investing in the company which will be set up to run the new markets.

“We will be setting up a Community Interest Company so the markets will be owned by, and run for the benefit of, the people of Buxton,” said project leader John Estruch.

“Members will be able to elect a board and have a say in key decisions.

“Funds will be raised to buy equipment including robust and colourful stalls, hire staff and pay for advertising and promotion.”

Councillor Tony Kemp, deputy leader of the council, said the authority was keen to see new energy and life injected into the twice-weekly market.

“We have undertaken a fair and transparent tendering process and I’m delighted that this has resulted in this opportunity for Buxton Town Team,” he added.

“They have a track record of delivering events which attract locals and visitors and I look forward to seeing them deliver their ideas to revitalise the town’s market.”

Anyone interested in trading at the new market should visit buxtontownteam.org.

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