Artisan Market move is given the go-ahead

The artisan market was previously trialled in Spring Gardens.
The artisan market was previously trialled in Spring Gardens.

Buxton’s Artisan Market is to relocate to Spring Gardens for the next three months after being given the go-ahead by High Peak Borough Council.

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

The artisan market on the Market Place.

The artisan market on the Market Place.

However, the company behind the market has said it is no longer viable on the market place and requested it be moved to Spring Gardens until July.

Members of High Peak Borough Council’s Executive approved the move at a meeting last month, and the authority’s licensing subcommittee also granted a license for the market to operate in Spring Gardens when they met last Friday.

Denise Valente of the Market Co, who operate the artisan market, said: “The Market Co is thrilled to have received confirmation and approval of our license application to recommence the Buxton Artisan Market on Spring Gardens.

“We are looking forward to re-launching this fantastic monthly event for the people of Buxton on Saturday June 6 when we will be bringing some of the very finest, often award-winning, many local Buxton artisan crafters and food producers to Spring Gardens, complimented by a scintillating street food arena and locally-based entertainment.”

However, the move has attracted a mixed response from locals and businesses.

The authority consulted with traders in Spring Gardens as part of the application process, with many objecting to the move as they were concerned about the impact the artisan market has on their sales.

Other issues included the restrictions on loading and unloading for businesses in Spring Gardens and customers being unable to access the shops properly.

A number of Spring Gardens businesses were in favour of the move, however, welcoming the extra footfall it brings to the town as well as the vibrancy of the markets.

The street trading consent was approved with a number of conditions relating to licensing, including the market may only trade during the dates and times specified on the license and it may only sell the goods specified on the license.

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.