Express & Star

Cannock Street Market could run twice weekly under new plans

A Tuesday street market could be on the cards for Cannock town centre – alongside the regular Friday event.

Cannock Street Market could be a fixture in the town centre two days a week under new plans

The current contract for the weekly Cannock street market is due to end later this year.

And a Cannock Chase Council working group set up to review the street market has recommended the contract should be extended for another 12 months for the current operator, EG Skett and Co (Sketts).

The group has also recommended that Sketts be asked to carry out a survey to find out if there would be any interest in running the street market on an additional day.

If the results are in favour, Sketts could be asked to trial a Tuesday street market during the summer.

A Cannock Chase Council scrutiny committee backed the group’s recommendations at a meeting on Wednesday and they are now set to go forward to the cabinet for consideration.

A report to the committee said representatives of Sketts met with the working group in January.

It added: “The representatives discussed with the working group their perception that the street market was received well by both market traders and customers.

"The street market has regular and satisfied traders and a regular customer base.

“The representatives also set out their ideas and proposals for improving the current market offer and for future specialist markets.

"Sketts also confirmed that they would be happy to continue operating a Friday street market in Cannock and, subject to positive research, would consider the option of operating a regular Tuesday street market to complement the Friday street market.

“The working group also invited a representative from the newly formed Cannock Town Centre Partnership (CTCP) to attend the meeting.

"It was considered that the support of the CTCP would enable more specialist events to be held in conjunction with the street market.

"Such events will further improve the vitality and vibrancy of the town centre as well as bring variety to the town centre retail offer.”

Sketts was awarded a three year contract to run the market in 2015.

The contract was extended by the council for a further year in April 2018 and the contract can be renewed for a further 12 months after October 2019.

If the council decides instead to re-tender the contract this year the group has called for the new contract to include a requirement for the street market operator to develop links with the McArthur Glen designer outlet, which is due to open next year in Cannock, to attract customers to the town centre too.

The new contract would also call on the market operator to work with the town centre partnership to develop a programme of events to promote the area.

By Kerry Ashdown

Local Democracy Reporter

Sorry, we are not accepting comments on this article.