A local authority has not reopened it’s outdoor markets this week despite the Government’s easing of restrictions allowing such outdoor retail venues to re-open. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has confirmed that “a great deal of work is taking place” in order to get “necessary safety measures” arranged before their outdoor markets across the district will be re-opened.
A local authority has not reopened it’s outdoor markets this week despite the Government’s easing of restrictions allowing such outdoor retail venues to re-open.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has confirmed that “a great deal of work is taking place” in order to get “necessary safety measures” arranged before their outdoor markets across the district will be re-opened.
The council runs a number of outdoor markets including the one in Greyhound Walk in Cheadle which usually runs on Fridays. The market was temporarily closed in March as part of the Government’s lockdown in the nation’s battle with coronavirus.
Councillor Sybil Ralphs, leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: “As the Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease a little I fully understand the desire from business owners to be able to start operating again as soon as possible and from residents keen to resume some aspects of their daily lives.
“The council also wants to see people and businesses returning to our towns and villages and supporting our local businesses and the economy.
“However, it is essential that the necessary safety measures are in place before this can happen and I want to assure everyone that there is a great deal of work taking place to put these measures in place as quickly as we can.
“As people will appreciate, we need to be confident that our procedures for cleaning, ensuring the appropriate social distancing and meeting other Covid-19 requirements, are robust so that people can again begin to visit shops, markets, sports and play areas, and to use our public toilets and car parks, with full confidence that it is safe to do.
“This work is going on right now and we will re-open our facilities and amenities as soon as we possibly can with as much notice as we can give people.
“Until then, I would ask people to bear with us a short while longer and we’ll look forward to seeing you very soon.”
Meanwhile, Ray Wood, who operates Northern Markets which includes the outdoor market in Cheadle’s Market Place, is hoping to get his outdoor market back up and running this week.
Mr Wood put an appeal for stallholders to come forward in last week’s Times & Echo but he has not had the response he had hoped for.
He said: “I have a couple of stallholders who said they want a stall but I have not had a very good response to be honest.
“I don’t know why that is. I thought people would be wanting to get out and trade again.
“I am hoping there will be more interest and we can get the market up and running this week.”
Mr Wood is not only inviting market traders to have a stall, at £10 a day, but also any independent shops who wish to get trading ahead of when they will be able to re-open their shop doors on June 15.
The normal opening days for the outdoor market in Cheadle’s Market Place are Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, but Mr Wood said that if demand is there, he will consider opening more days in the week.
Anyone interested in having a stall in Cheadle’s Market Place can contact Mr Wood on 07970 336906.
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