Further meeting planned to discuss changes to Richmond’s outdoor market

Richmond outdoor market. Photo: Richmond Town council.

A further meeting will take place next week to discuss proposed changes to the outdoor market in Richmond.

Richmond Town Council will hold a meeting at 6.30pm on Monday, February 26 at the Town Hall.

The council is looking at ways of improving the outdoor markets.

Little Bird Markets, which has previously run monthly Sunday markets in the town, has been allowed to instead come on a weekly basis on a Saturday for a trial period.

This has raised concerns from other traders in the town who say they were not consulted about the decision.

Following a meeting this week, Richmond Town Council has agreed to allow Little Bird to continue operating on a Saturday until the end of April with the impact on other businesses and general footfall in the town measured.

The town council has confirmed Little Bird will continue trading on the area outside the Kings Head until April 27 when they finish the trial and that the authority is monitoring footfall and trading figures from businesses and traders.

Paul Harrison, chair of ORBTA, the Richmond Business and Tourism Association, said businesses had expressed concern about the lack of consultation about the proposal  to invite Little Bird to operate on Saturdays with local businesses.

He said: “We welcome the recent meetings, which have enabled businesses to express their views.

“ORBTA would like to make it clear that there is agreement that the current markets compare badly to other market towns, and that attractive and thriving markets draw people into the town centre in a way that is beneficial to existing businesses as well as market traders.

“We have set up a working group to come forward with a sustainable plan for the long term.

“This would incorporate our Totally Locally strategy, which keeps money circulating in the local area. It does not necessarily exclude a role to be played by Little Bird, be it on a Sunday or otherwise, but our objective is to come forward with a solution that boosts the local economy and helps local businesses to thrive.”

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  1. The Chair of ORBTA who also serves on The Town Council was instrumental in bringing the Little Bird Markets into Richmond. In December he was totally in favour of bringing them in again and voted for this!
    He can’t continue as Chairman of ORBTA and remain a Town Councillor as he is fully lobbied by ORBTA and has totally reversed his original vote.

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