Richmondshire residents have less than a week left to help shape the future of Richmond’s historically significant Market Hall.
Richmond Town Council has put together a survey, with the assistance of a professional market researcher, to discover how people feel about Richmond as a place to shop and visit.
In particular, councillors want to know residents’ opinions on the 19th Century Market Hall, which hosts an indoor market that operates seven days a week throughout the year.
The survey is part of efforts to increase use of the Grade-II listed building and ensure it has a sustainable future. The town council has already worked with the volunteer-run Richmond Information Centre (RIC) to create a modern new information facility for the town within the hall.
Community leaders say this intervention helped to secure the future of the centre, which aims to provides a friendly, welcoming focal point for visitors to Richmond, as well as a useful information point for locals. The council says the move has had the added benefit to market traders of increasing footfall in the Market Hall.
Richmond Mayor Councillor Lorraine Hodgson has urged local residents to take part in the survey.
She said: “We think Richmond Town Centre is already a great place to shop and visit, but we want to make it even better.
“Richmond’s Victorian Market Hall is a much-loved feature of the town’s historic Georgian market place. “The town council wants to ensure the building has a bright future and is an even greater asset for the community and the traders who are based there.”
Cllr Hodgson said the information gathered from the survey would be used to help the town council formulate policies to improve the experience of locals and visitors to Richmond alike.
The survey can be completed online.
To take part, visit click here.
The deadline for submissions is 5pm on May 12.
Printed copies of the survey are also available to collect in the Town Hall.
On Saturday, surveyors will be in the Market Place encouraging members of the public to participate.
Anyone who takes part in the survey, and is willing to leave their contact details, will be entered into a free draw to win one of three £25 Co-op vouchers.
For additional information about this Richmond Town Council initiative please contact the Town Clerk, Heather Lawler on 01748 850808.