Market is one of four historic markets feared to be under threat in West Wales.
The future of a 700-year-old market, thought to be one of Wales’ oldest centres for local trade, is among four historic markets under threat in Pembrokeshire.
On Monday cabinet members at the local authority, which operates markets at Tenby, Haverfordwest, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock, will discuss a review of their future.
A report warns that “the current financial position in respect of the markets is that overall they are not profitable when taking into account whole costs of management and future capital requirements”.
Among options to be considered is the sale of facilities or the potential closure of the markets.
Alternative suggestions include sale to a commercial market operator or letting to a tenant consortium.
Tenby’s market is the oldest in Pembrokeshire, its existence tracing back to 1290 when the first charter was granted.
It remains on the original site, operating six days a week, with the ancient charters in full display.
Tenby town council clerk Andrew Davies said the market could suvive outside council control.
He said: “The market here remains viable, is extremely well supported and actually has a waiting list for tenants so if outline closure was approved there would, I’m sure, be a lot of concern in the town. But I would, however, expect the market’s success to attract a local consortium or private investor.”
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