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Town's artisan market set to go monthly
A DEAL has been struck to make Knutsford’s popular artisan market a regular monthly event.
The market, which takes place on the first Sunday of the month in Princess Street, will now take place 10 times a year from February to November after the town council’s events committee agreed it had been a success.
But the town council has confirmed it will alternate the market between Princess Street and King Street and continue to run the weekend-long Christmas Market in December.
As a result of the move there will be no artisan market in January.
Clr Tony Dean, chairman of the events committee, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that the Artisan Market is being made a continuing feature in Knutsford Town.”
Councillors initially agreed a six-month trial for the market back in April this year. But after the committee reviewed the successes of the monthly market they also considered feedback from residents and businesses in the town centre, which are affected.
This led to the committee agreeing to investigate the possibility of holding the Artisan Market on King Street, with a view to it alternating between Princess Street and King Street each month.
Clr Dean added: “Through investigating alternating the market between Top Street and Bottom Street we hope to mitigate the inconvenience caused to residents living along Princess Street who are affected by the road closure.”
The trial of a King Street market will be organised in 2014 and Adam Keppel-Garner, town centre manager, said the council will review it to consider making the arrangement permanent.
“It is hoped that alternating the market between the two streets this will benefit all town centre retailers,” he added.
Due to the success of the market, the costs to the town council will also reduce with the organisers agreeing to cover the cost of traffic management and waste provision.
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