Mixed views over plans to move market

Proposals to move Buxton’s traditional market to a new location in Spring Gardens have received a mixed response from High Peak residents.

The Buxton Advertiser reported last week that High Peak Borough Council were looking to revitalise the twice-weekly market in partnership with traders, town businesses and the public, and were considering whether to move it from its current home in Higher Buxton.

The Buxton Traders group, which was set up last year with the aim of transforming and revitalising the town, met last Wednesday to discuss the proposals, with members voting in favour of the market remaining in its current location.

And readers have also responded both in favour and against the plans on the Buxton Advertiser’s Facebook page.

Philip Spencer said: “It’s a great idea,” and Pete Irwin commented: “Do it. Great idea, more sheltered, more passing trade. Works elsewhere, why not here?”

Chris Wilman commented: “It never recovered after the last ‘improvement’. People loved the temporary home in front of The Crescent.

“The whole thing needs a radical review to help it survive into this modern age.”

Liz Thompson said: “It needs the rates to be dropped radically, and our fantastic market will revive wherever you put it. The stallholders cannot afford to come to Buxton market.”

Nigel Julian posted: “In my town the market was down to about three stalls a week as well.

“The local Traders Association took control of it from the local council and it now has approximately 18 stalls each Friday. Saturdays are getting busier as well but lag behind Fridays at present.

“However, they have just started holding a Farmers Market on the third Friday of each month and we have a Community Fair on the first Saturday of each month which attracts around 40 stalls each time (there is a large waiting list), and is coming up to its first anniversary in May.”

But Stephen Taylor said: “No, a lot better at Higher Buxton.”

And on Twitter, Jane Malcolm said: “As a local business I think it would bring strength to Buxton’s shopping area. Count me in if you do decide.”

Questionnaires are being made available to businesses along Spring Gardens and in Higher Buxton in the coming weeks and members of the public will also be invited to have their say.

More details of how people can get involved in the consultation will be available soon.