The seasonal outdoor market will take place in its proposed location on the Plaza at Cleveleys and will run every Wednesday from around Easter to the end of September. It will operate from 8am until 4pm and there will be a maximum of 14 stalls.
From 29 August 2018 to the end of November 2018, the council operated a successful market in Cleveleys which was initially located on the seafront Plaza. As the weather deteriorated during the trial period, the market was moved to Derby Road Car Park, Cleveleys.
Following discussions with the traders it was determined that the market performed better on the Plaza than on Derby Road Car Park.
Consultation with local businesses suggested that they had seen increased footfall since the market trial commenced. Further consultation with the local shopkeepers in Cleveleys indicated that the public arriving on the trams would normally only walk halfway down Victoria Road West but during the trial have been walking the full length of the road to get to the market on the Plaza. The shops have therefore benefited from increased footfall. It is felt that the operation of a street market will help increase visitor numbers to the town’s high street.
The council has received a significant amount of positive feedback from the traders who stood at the trial Cleveleys market and who through the consultation process were clearly in support of the weekly market which has now been approved.
Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Michael Vincent comments: “The trial run of Cleveleys market proved successful and we are delighted to offer this seasonal market back as a positive addition to Cleveleys high street. I would encourage everyone to pay a visit and shop with local traders.”