Shuttle service to link market to town?

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A shuttle service to link lower and Higher Buxton is just one of the ideas being put forward in a bid to revive the town’s rapidly declining market.

Buxton couple Simon and Fiona Bingham are preparing a tender to take over the management of the twice-weekly market, with their plans also including proposals to offer stalls at a reduced rate for unemployed people.

The couple have spent several months working on their plan, visiting markets in the area, speaking to traders and discussing the issues with High Peak Borough Council. Now they are just waiting for the council to say when they can submit their tender.

Simon said: “We believe the market isn’t just for the market place, it’s for the town as a whole.

“We’ve visited other markets and seen how viable they can be. We’ve spoken to traders at other markets and they’ve said if something is done to help Buxton, they will come.”

And Fiona added: “People have said that they see the market place more as a car park now than a market. They think the market is dead but it isn’t.”

Outlining their proposals, Simon said: “We want to open the market up not just to traders but also charitable groups and organisations.

“We’re looking at a shuttle service from lower Buxton to the market place, we want to invite unemployed people to have a stall at reduced rates and we’re also looking to provide stalls so that would not be an obstacle to new traders.

“The market is viable and there is room in Buxton for both a spa and a market. They should complement each other.”

A spokesperson for High Peak Borough Council said: “The council will be advertising the procurement opportunity to engage expressions of interest from interested market operators who want to work with us to manage and develop markets across the High Peak within the next week.

“Mr and Mrs Bingham are, of course, welcome to submit their application as part of this process. To help them with this, our procurement team has undertaken to email the link to the relevant documents once the process is live.

“If they’d like to take advantage of this offer they can email procurement@highpeak.gov.uk to request this.”