Friday, October 28, 2011, this is Kent
PLANS are afoot to bring the first market to Cranbrook for almost 150 years.
Traders and parish councillors have said a Sunday market would boost the economy by attracting hundreds of shoppers – and could provide a way to keep the town’s car parks free.
Despite receiving a market charter in 1290, and being described as an “historic market town” on roadsigns, Cranbrook has not hosted a formal market since at least 1863.
Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Parish Council wants to organise the new weekly event in the Regal car park, and has been in tentative talks with traders who have welcomed the proposals.
Chairman Peter North said it could provide valuable income to allow the parish council to take over the running of the town’s three car parks from the borough council, which is currently considering introducing parking charges to bolster its ailing coffers.
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