New Speciality Markets For Ilkeston?

A move to hold speciality Tuesday markets in Ilkeston looks set to be given the green light by Erewash Borough Council this week.

Councillors at this Thursday’s Executive meeting are expected to agree that the council can establish and operate the new market – with the first one possibly being Shrove Tuesday speciality stalls on Tuesday 17 February.

The idea is part of the council’s on-going programme to help regenerate Ilkeston town centre through a wide range of initiatives.

If agreed, funds already available will be used to stage the proposed Shrove Tuesday market and if that proves successful in attracting traders and visitors to Ilkeston opportunities for further markets would then be explored.

Councillor Geoffrey Smith, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:

“Speciality markets can be very popular and add to the attractiveness and vitality of a town centre. We need to put the framework in place to enable us to look at an occasional speciality Tuesday market for Ilkeston as we continue our drive to help boost our town centres.”

At this week’s meeting, councillors will be asked to approve the establishment of the new market in Ilkeston under section 50 of the Food Act 1984 – a move that is necessary to allow the council to operate a market on a Tuesday.

The meeting of Council Executive is this Thursday 22 January at 10.30am at Long Eaton Town Hall.