Hopes for revival of Chepstow's farmers' market
11:01am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
INCENTIVES for traders hope to spark a revival of Chepstow's farmers' market.
Around 50 people who sell everything from jam to cakes have been sent a letter asking if they would like a stall at the official relaunch on August 31.
Everyone who signs up will have their street trading licence fee covered by the town council and there will be no pitch fees or charge for electricity.
Town clerk Sandra Bushell is also organising services to put up stalls before the event and take them down afterwards.
A town council spokeswoman said: "The idea is for it to coincide with the Eat Local campaign. We are going to run a two week market and we are working to see what traders are interested in doing it. So far it has been overwhelming. A lot of people want to see the Chepstow market return to its glory days."
Transition Chepstow members are planning to 'Eat local'- food grown and produced within a 30 mile radius of the town- during the month of September.
The market plan will run alongside it, from August 31 to September 28.
It stemmed from a survey carried out by the town council and Action for Market Towns (AMT).
Residents and visitors were asked for their views on matters like retail offering, footfall, car parking and business confidence.
Feedback was that people wanted to see Chepstow markets flourish again.
The town's Farmers' Market is normally held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month in Cormeilles Square and Chepstow Senior Citizens Centre, while a country produce market is on alternate Fridays and Saturdays at Chepstow Senior Citizens Centre, Cormeilles Square.
Councillor for St Mary's ward, which covers the town centre, Peter Farley said: "I think anything that will encourage people to support local producers is to be welcomed and I hope it will be successful."