Loss-making Ashbourne market saved for the time being

A Derbyshire market has been given a reprieve despite concerns about losses.

Ashbourne’s Thursday market had been facing closure as Derbyshire Dales District Council felt it was losing too much money.

With up to two thirds of the pitches vacant and income from parking spaces lost, the council said it was costing tens of thousands of pounds.

But a meeting decided to fund it for another year to see if increased publicity would help.

Along with the Saturday market, the council said it was losing about £60,000 a year.

The council meeting heard a 244 signature petition had been gathered in support of the market and traders said more pitches had recently been taken up.

The authority said it would be increasing fees for stall holders by 5%, the first increase in three years.

I actually visited the market a few weeks ago and found four stalls all selling the same thing – crap! Take proper responsibility – close it and save the £60,000.

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One Response to Loss-making Ashbourne market saved for the time being

  1. First of all, congratulations on an excellent local blog. I must take exception though to the piece covering the Ashbourne market. While I accept the Thursday market has and is struggling, the figures quoted by DDDC are massively misleading – there is nothing like £60,000 to be saved. Firstly the figures quoted include an enormous and unexplained overhead administrative cost (excluding setting up and taking down stalls) for all the DDDC stall markets (Bakewell, Wirksworth and Matlock also) which would remain regardless of Ashbourne’s Thursday market staying open. The second assumption was that in the absence of a market the market square would be used for parking and that it would be fully occupied. With less reason to visit the town this is very questionable. Finally, although the Thursday market is struggling currently, the Saturday market is thriving and is seen as a valuable asset to the town by residents and local shopkeepers alike. Personally, I think all towns need to start fighting back against the decline on the high street and a market is an asset which should be supported and nurtured – we need to get the markets we deserve by supporting them. We also need to challenge the local authorities on their figures.

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