Help in store for new market stall holders

The council is hoping a new discount scheme will encourage traders to set up in Buxton’s dwindling market.

High Peak Borough Council is offering people the chance to trade for just £5 a day in the hope it will push more new traders to take up stalls.

The market has been in decline for a number of years and their have been calls recently for the authority to take action to revive the attraction.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member for regeneration, said: “High Peak’s markets play a key role in making our towns attractive destinations that people want to visit and spend time in.

“We want to support the traders that bring such colour and variety to our markets and to attract new stall holders to join them.

“This is a fantastic initiative which will help first-timers have a go at standing and encourage others to help maintain our historic markets.”

The scheme, which extends to all markets in the High Peak, is part of the national Love Your Local Market campaign, which runs until May 29, led by the National Association of British Market Authorities and backed by local and national government.

The council is offering further support to locals by extending the offer right through to the end of January 2014.

Despite this, some people question the effectiveness of such a scheme of bringing about change.

Buxton resident John Prince commented: “I think its a bit too late for any deals stall holders have all moved on years ago.”

Ian Howarth, of The Queen’s Head pub, in High Street, Buxton, said: “Every meeting that I’ve attended about the market, all I hear is the council trying to profit from the market.

“This is entirely why the market in Buxton has crashed, why should the market create profit to the council?

“Surely a market should be used as a tool to encourage people to visit Buxton, just like a park.

“It’s about time that the councils started working for the people and stick to providing service rather than trying to make money.”

The £5 offer is for two days, after which it returns to the full price of £10.

Stalls are subject to availability and terms and conditions.

For further information, email markets@highpeak.gov.uk stating your name, full address, telephone number, current public liability insurance numbers, what you’d like to sell and when you want to participate.