Town’s Artisan Market could be on the move

Buxton's artisan market
Buxton's artisan market

Buxton’s monthly Artisan Market could be moved to Spring Gardens if an application by the company who operate it is granted approval.

The market has been running in the town since a trial event took place in June 2014 and in December 2014, High Peak Borough Council granted permission for it to continue on the market place for another ten months, until September 2015.

However, the company behind the market now say it is no longer viable on the market place, and have requested a move to Spring Gardens until July.

Denise Valente, of the Artisan Market operators The Market Co, said: “The reason we have applied for a license to run Buxton Artisan Market on Spring Gardens stems from the original aims of this event.

“The Artisan Market is a unique, community event, which entices residents and visitors to come into town who would not necessarily otherwise do so. Whilst enjoying the delights of the incredible artisan produce, much produced locally to Buxton, they can also partake in the many fabulous retail shops, cafes and restaurants on market day. Thereby introducing an additional new footfall to the high street and increased dwell time in the town centre for the benefit of the permanent businesses.

“By positioning the event in the heart of the town this makes these things possible.

“The Market Co’s events are all about adding buzz and vitality back to the high street. We feel strongly that the most benefits to Buxton would be achieved by having this event positioned on Spring Gardens.”

Paperwork set to go before the council’s Executive tonight (Thursday) states: “The position has been reached where the market place has become unviable for the Artisan Market to continue, as the operator states that they cannot retain and/or recruit sufficient numbers of traders for the market to function and they prefer Spring Gardens as a more appropriate and sustainable location for the event.”

An application for street trading consent has been made to allow the Artisan Market to take place along Spring Gardens, but the application must also go before the council because the town’s traditional twice-weekly market is protected by Charter Market status, which means that no other market can operate within a certain radius of that market without the authority’s consent.

The council is currently looking to outsource the running of the borough’s markets and the procurement process is expected to be concluded in June or July.