Results of survey focused on future of town market set to be revealed early next year
PUBLISHED: 08:43 14 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:43 14 December 2018
The results of a survey which could shape the future of Dunmow market will be released in January, it has been announced.
The survey asked the public when they thought the market should be held and if they used the existing market, currently on a Tuesday.
Great Dunmow Town Team organised the survey and plan to present the results to Great Dunmow Town Council early next year.
The town team is a voluntary group dedicated to increasing and promoting business in Dunmow.
Members of the public could answer the survey between October 24 and November 7.
The survey came after the town team wrote to Uttlesford District Council on September 13, requesting the market be moved from a Tuesday in Angel Lane to a Saturday in Market Place, claiming the move would attract more shoppers to the town.
However, following the request, town team member Jane Turton told the Broadcast that under the plans, the Tuesday market could still remain as a separate body, She reiterated that this week, saying: “We are not trying to get rid of the Tuesday market.”
The request to review the day and location of the market has been met by scepticism from town councillors.
Speaking to the Broadcast, Dunmow mayor Councillor Barrie Easter said: “In my opinion, I do not think a Saturday market will last. It’s been tried before. Unless they get the right stalls... it’s got to be something like the Chelmsford market where you can buy materials and clothes. The trouble is, if you bring in stalls like that you are going to hit the shops in Dunmow that sell similar things. It might bring a few more people into the town but you have got to get the right stalls.”
A spokesman for the town team previously told the Broadcast: “We want people to be proud to stay and shop in Great Dunmow and to have a selection of shops and markets to keep them here longer. This cannot happen if we do not explore options outside of the box.”