New look for city market

Stalls on Ripon's market square.
Stalls on Ripon's market square.

A new layout for Ripon’s weekly market aimed at boosting visitors and attracting more traders is set to be launched as part of an eight-week trial.

It begins on Thursday, March 26 and runs for the following seven Thursdays with the arrangement of 76 stalls designed to improve the flow of shoppers, provide more space to sit and relax and encourage the public to explore all the stalls.

The decision to revamp the city’s market was made following an increase in the number of unoccupied stalls which had begun to spoil its appearance, with the operators – Harrogate Borough Council – feeling redesigning the layout would increase the market’s appeal and encourage more people to visit.

Coun Margaret Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, said: “Ripon market is extremely important as it is an essential part of the city’s economy.

“For many residents and visitors it is a great place to visit where they can buy a wide variety of products – from fresh fruit and vegetables to a new pair of shoes.

“Regular visitors know it can be a ‘one stop shop’ for all their weekly needs as well as some very nice treats too.”

Following several consultation meetings with the traders, Harrogate Borough Council, Greater Ripon Improvement Partnership and Ripon City Council, the decision was made to open up the southerly end of the market nearest the town hall and move the market stalls mainly to the northerly end above the Obelisk.

If the trial is successful, it is proposed the new look market will be made permanent as part of the national Love Your Market campaign on Thursday, May 21.

Coun Atkinson said: “While the market has many diverse and interesting stalls, it was felt that we needed to look at how we could improve the experience for customers, welcome more people to take advantage of what the market has to offer, and encourage new traders to set up stalls, which would further boost its appeal.”

Customers and traders wishing to give their opinions on the new market layout can do so by visiting the ‘Markets – Information and Advice’ page at http://bit.ly/18HiGgr and completing the feedback form.

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