February 15, 2012 Ashbourne News Telegraph
A RAFT of ideas to save Ashbourne’s Thursday market have been discussed by traders and town councillors.
Market stall-holders, who face losing their Thursday trade if recommendations to close Ashbourne’s weekday market are actioned by Derbyshire Dales District Council, met with Ashbourne Town Council on Thursday last week.
The traders and councillors agreed to lobby for the Thursday market to remain open and to work more closely together in a bid to rejuvenate midweek trade.
Town councillors invited traders to discuss ways of moving the market forward and to offer them the chance to move into the town hall should the district council decide to end the Thursday trade.
Trader Vic Thorpe presented a list of ideas to help revamp the market to the meeting, including nostalgia weekends, a farmers’ market, themed markets, better signage and the possible privatisation of the market.
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