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Bourne market: could stalls be set out on Sundays too?




Could Bourne host a regular Sunday market?

That is the hope of newly elected South Kesteven district councillor Paul Fellows, who raised the prospect at a council meeting this week.

The Bourne Austerby Independent told a council meeting on Tuesday he had been inspired by a Sunday market in Stratford-on-Avon, which features a wide range of specialist stalls.

Bourne stock image. (7218291)
Bourne stock image. (7218291)

Bourne currently has two weekly markets in a car park outside the Corn Exchange on a Thursday, with a smaller market on a Saturday.

Coun Fellows said he would like to see the markets ‘resurrected’ in Bourne , but told the Culture and Visitor Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday that if they offered the same things as Stamford market, they would not succeed.

Committee chairman Coun Judy Stevens (Con-Deeping St James) noted Bourne was well-known for ‘vintage’ activities, such as cars and and antiques.

She said: “I think an antiques market on Sunday might hit the nail on the head.”

Coun Stevens added that a Sunday market was worth investigating as it would draw people into Bourne, which would help its economy.

Such comments were noted by the committee, which will be incorporated into a district council strategy for the markets across South Kesteven.

Earlier, Paul Allen , head of town centres for InvestSK, reported that the launch of a new market in Market Deeping had been successful and it continued to be successful.

Mr Allen said: “Due to its size it will never make lots of money but it will provide extra footfall for town businesses.”

Coun Virginia Moran (Ind- Market and West Deeping) then said: “I have heard from retailers that on market day, the market is chock-a-block with people. Everybody loves the market. I take pictures and post them on social media and I got over 100 interactions.”

Coun Moran added she did not want to see any empty stalls and she would like to see music, such as buskers.

Mr Allen replied the council has a list of market traders who can step in and take stalls, should traders be absent for some reason.

He also said market traders in Bourne also do very well, despite many people not knowing the market is there.

“The stallholders take very well, the ones that are there.”

Mr Allen added there plans for an open day to promote Bourne Market.

Matthew Lee, Tory leader of South Kesteven District Council, told the meeting that two years ago, the council began investing in markets as it feared Grantham market would disappear and Bourne’s markets were looking ‘concerning.’

He said: “Our strategy was to grow our markets and introduce a new market to the Deepings.”

This had been achieved but a new strategy was now needed.

Coun Lee sought consistency, so shoppers would know something they liked one week, would still be there the next week.

He also saw a trend in ‘gate to plate’ food, with shoppers buying local
produce.

SKDC understood economic impact of market on towns, with them helping make a town a ‘destination’, so SKDC subsidises them and runs them at a
loss.

Coun Lee added: “The primary reason we have markets is the growth of the economy, getting visitors in. A strategy has to have that. We recognise there is a social and economic impact. We are using that to grow our economy.”



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