town centre farmers markets set to stay in High Street
town councillors have this week given their backing to monthly farmers
markets remaining in the town's High Street.
a meeting last night (Wednesday, March 15th), members of the council's
Town Projects Committee discussed the future of the farmers markets
in their current location.
comes after we first reported here
that Cllr Louise Parkin had questioned during February's council
meeting whether the number of stalls at the markets justifies the
High Street being closed each month. "Is it worthwhile closing
the street for a small amount of stalls when road closures are so
detrimental to the trade of our existing shops?" she asked.
heard from a member of the public, Bev Milner Simonds, during Wednesday's
meeting, who said: "Putting it bluntly, I was gobsmacked at
the comments of one town councillor regarding the farmers markets."
markets are well patronised, bring people into the town centre,
and the figures from the footfall cameras in the High Street prove
that the busiest days for the town centre are when they farmers
markets are held."
added: "Several residents have even told me that the farmers
markets are the only reason they come into town - and when they're
here they buy a lunch, do some shopping, have a coffee, and wander
round the town centre."
Peter Burridge-Clayton and Cllr Martin Cox gave their support to
the markets in their current format.
Cox said: "We represent not just the traders but residents
too, and many do appreciate these markets - the footfall figures
show an uplift when the markets are held. The only recently poorly
attended one was in January when there was bad weather. People will
vote for the markets with their feet."
Janet Keen concluded: "We will recommend to the full Town Council
that we continue to support the presence of farmers markets in Burnham,
having monitored them, and will review them again in a year's time."
The recommendation from the committee will be considered at the
next full Town Council meeting in April when a final decision will
Hayers, Burnham's Farmers Market Co-ordinator, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
after Wednesday's meeting: "It was a positive discussion -
I'm pleased to have the backing of the council."
Wednesday's council meeting where the markets were discussed; and,
above, several of the busy markets in Burnham last year