January 25, 2012 Ashbourne News Telegraph By Natalie Wakefield
A DECISION will be made today about the future of Ashbourne’s Thursday market.
In a draft report to Derbyshire Dales District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee, officers recommend closing the weekday market in the town.
Average income to the council from the under-threat Thursday market is just £296, a figure which is expected to increase if the market is closed and Market Place used for car parking instead.
Committee members will meet at 6pm to consider the report and decide whether to support the recommendations which will then go to the partnership and regeneration committee for further discussion on Thursday, February 23.
The report is part of a review which began in January last year in a bid to increase the efficiency of markets in the district by 20 per cent, identify savings and consider the viability of each market in the towns of Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth.
Despite markets in all the towns except Bakewell struggling financially, Ashbourne’s Thursday market is the only one recommended for closure.
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