Town Council Reports on Saturday Market

Raunds Town Council have produced a report looking at the success of the trial Saturday market and raising the question on whether it should be continued in 2020. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this

Below is a direct extract from the report

Background

Raunds Town Council trialled a Saturday Market for six months from April -September 2019.

The market was advertised on social media, noticeboards and banners..

The number of stalls ranged from 8-18, with the number of stalls increasing as the months went on. Stalls ranged from handmade crafts, to cakes, books and preserves.

No charge was made for stall holders and the council paid for entertainment to help generate footfall. Entertainment ranged from singers to a Punch and Judy show, face painters and balloon modelling.

The cost of the entertainment was around £250 per month.

Feedback

a) Feedback from residents was generally positive. However, people did comment that it would be good to see a wider range of food available such as a cheese stall, breads and so on.

b) Feedback from traders was also positive. All said they would want to come back to the market if it were to run in 2020.

c) Traders welcomed the entertainment and felt that this did help to generate footfall.

d) The market has helped to support new traders, with three traders taking out public liability insurance enabling them to trade in future at other events.

e) 1 business registered as a food business with ENC again enabling them to trade at other events and locations.

Recommendation

  • To consider whether the Town Council wishes to operate a Saturday market in 2020
  • To consider if the council will provide entertainment in 2020
  • To consider whether a pitch fee should be charged in 2020

These topics will be discussed further at the upcoming meeting of the Environment and Leisure Committee in the Council Chamber on Tuesday 17th September, 7:30pm

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