MARKETS – Article in About Wymondham

Posted 26/06/2018 : By: Netmatters Support

Supporting Wymondham’s Markets. Two meetings have been held between representatives of groups involved to address concerns about the slow decline of markets in Wymondham. Stallholders, local residents and town councillors met with Lisa Cosh from South Norfolk Council and local MP Mr George Freeman to see how best to go about regenerating our markets.
The first meeting was a listening exercise, where all present were given the opportunity to air their views. The stallholders expressed concerns about the dwindling number of stalls, lack of footfall, Town Council rental charges and a lack of publicity. They also feared that if nothing was done the Friday markets would die.

Various ideas were discussed. The second meeting took account of all views expressed, and discussed a number of measures that could be introduced to help with renewal. As the first part of a longer-term exercise the suggestion that rental charges should be reduced was approved, and that the current offer of two “come and have a go for free” sessions for new stallholders be increased to four free sessions. These would be conditional upon the stallholders paying a deposit on their first visit and attending on four consecutive occasions. 

If they met these criteria their deposit would be refunded on their fourth visit. New rental charges were proposed, covering considerations such as stall length and whether or not electricity would be supplied. At its June meeting the Town Council approved recommendations to:

• Further promote the markets
• Help to increase footfall and attract new stallholders
• Support increasing the “free come and have a go” sessions from two to four
• Support the reduction of rental costs
• Investigate ways to make better use of
the Market Place (phase 2)
• Carry out a review of these new
arrangements in six months’ time