The new Cleveleys weekly market began on Wednesday 29 August 2018, for fourteen consecutive weeks. Come and take a look!
New Venue for Cleveleys Weekly Market Trial Period
Derby Road car park – opposite the bus station – until the end of the 2018 Trial on 28 November.
Permission has been granted for Cleveleys weekly market to be held on Derby Road Car Park on weeks when the weather is too bad to use the Plaza. That’s the one opposite the bus station, next to the British Legion, off Rough Lea Road. It’s not far from the promenade or town centre.
The initial plan was that for the rest of the 2018 trial the market would take place at the Plaza or at the car park, depending on the weather on the day. However, as press releases had been issued around the Derby Rd car park, Wyre Council decided to keep it there for the remainder of 2018. Stall holders are only insured up to a certain level of wind speed, so on days when it’s anything above a safe level the market will be cancelled.
Enjoy Cleveleys Weekly Market
Cleveleys weekly market has operated for a few weeks now, and it’s starting to get into its stride.
Although the promenade is always going to be a difficult spot for it, Wednesday’s have been reasonably kind, and most stalls have managed to set up. The number of traders is slowly growing and it’s a lively sight to greet people who pass by.
Reports are that the town centre is much busier than normal on market day, so early progress is very encouraging. The owner of the Elegant Touch clothing store got in touch last week to explain how his initial concerns had been unfounded. Not only that, he’s spoken to his neighbouring retailers and they have all experienced an increase in trade on the days when the market has taken place.
Take a look at these photos which were taken on Wednesday 12 September. (Click/swipe from left to right)
The First Cleveleys Weekly Market
Wednesday 29 August 2018 dawned bright and breezy, for the first Cleveleys weekly market. The weather was much better than the previous days of August, but a bit too breezy for a couple of stalls who couldn’t set up at 6am. Fortunately the wind dropped throughout the day and the sun came out for a decent first event.
Have a look at this video clip.
And here’s Visit Cleveleys gallery of photos from the first event. Remember that mighty oak trees from small acorns grow! Next week (5 September) will see more stalls AND live music as local buskers are invited along to perform and entertain shoppers. If you’re interested in the buskers (or busking!) take a look at the Busking in Cleveleys Facebook page.
About Cleveleys Weekly Market
The first few weeks it was held on the Plaza area of Cleveleys promenade. That’s the performance area at the end seaward end of the town centre and Victoria Road West. In late September the venue changed to Derby Road car park, opposite the bus station.
It’s open for fourteen weeks initially, with a view to it being a regular thing in 2019. It will operate from 8am until 4pm. Weather dependent, the market will run every Wednesday until 28 November 2018. Wednesday is the day so that it doesn’t clash with other markets held elsewhere in the borough of Wyre.
The market is managed and operated by Wyre Councils markets team, at the invitation of the Cleveleys Coastal Community Team. Stallholders for the trial period are traders who have stalls elsewhere in the borough on other days.
For more information about the Market contact the Market Manager Julian Brent on 01253 887651.
Background to Cleveleys Weekly Market
Anyone who loves Cleveleys knows why there hasn’t been a weekly market here in the past. It’s because quite a lot of the pavement on the wide side of the road belongs to the shops. That dates back to when the land was the front gardens of the houses which were once there. If you didn’t know that Victoria Road West was once a residential street, have a look at these old photos of Cleveleys.
Because of the land ownership problems, the various permissions and licenses required for a market are difficult to sort out. So every time it’s been looked at its been rejected.
In 2017 a new Coastal Community Team formed in Cleveleys, already sorting out some of the fundamental problems in the town. Things like litter and weeding, cleaning up, making it an attractive place to shop. Markets is a priority because they bring people to a place, give them a reason to visit.
Last September the Coastal Community Team looked at the pavements of Victoria Road West, realising that some of it is quite wide, maybe wide enough for stalls?
Campaigning for Cleveleys Weekly Market
There began months of work to get the new Cleveleys weekly market off the ground.
Behind the scenes the Coastal Community Team made phone calls, petitioned Lancashire County Council (owner of the pavement and highway) and spoke to people. Meetings have been held to look at pavements and bollards, paving flags, loading and access.
The Wyre Council Markets team is talking to and consulting with existing town centre retailers and working hard on the various licenses and paperwork required to make the market a reality. Some of the paperwork (Visit Cleveleys won’t even try to understand exactly what) will take longer to put in place, hence the trial period.
Every possible feasible scenario has been considered for the location of Cleveleys weekly market.
Lancashire County Council require 2m of clearance in from the highway which would put the stalls onto privately owned land. Unfortunately permissions would have to be sought, from not only each individual lease holder of the land but also from the land owners. As you will appreciate this isn’t an easy undertaking. It’s also why the Plaza is being used. It’s less than ideal, but at the moment it’s Hobson’s Choice.
Confusion over Cleveleys Weekly Market
A local authority has a process to go through to get authorisation before it can implement something new. The Blackpool Gazette picked the information up about the new market from reports being put before the Council. The date couldn’t be set until everything was agreed, but the proposed date in the Council documents wasn’t the final one. The Gazette didn’t check first with the Council, so they published the wrong start date.
So there you have it. The proper story and evolution of how we finally got to the sparkling, brand new Cleveleys weekly market. I know that this is right because your editor is the one who made it happen 🙂
Please support it, your town needs it!
Why Cleveleys Weekly Market is Important
It’s a well documented fact that high streets all over the UK are failing. The world is changing, how we shop is going through upheaval, those who adapt will survive and the town centres who don’t will shrivel and die. Tesco in Cleveleys is closing on 4 November 2018 because they have been trading at a loss for more than 6 months. If a big name like that isn’t getting enough footfall it means that the town has to sit up and listen.
Please display this poster Click on this image to download it, then you can print it out –
Cleveleys Coastal Community Team recognises that our town is more vibrant than most. Yes, our footfall is lower than it used to be, but compared to many others we are doing well. We need to stay that way and we need to find ways to make our town attractive to people to get them to come here. Events, attractions, liveliness, life and interesting things are a major part of that.
The Coastal Community Team doesn’t have the resources to organise fun days and events. One day events are ephemeral too – one day and they’re done. A weekly market is a sustainable way of making a town centre buzz with life, and make it a first-choice for shoppers. It can also be supplemented with speciality markets on particular days/weekends.
The CCT is looking to introduce ad-hoc entertainment – buskers, street performers and such like – to add even more reasons to visit.
Do you Care for Cleveleys?
You’ll have gathered by now that the local community loves Cleveleys. Local people cherish the town centre, look after it, use it, support it and shop there.
If you want it to stay that way why don’t you join in? Now is the time for everyone to pull together and fight for what we’ve got.
- Join the Care for Cleveleys Facebook group – and find out what’s happening in the town centre and when the next clean up is.
- Come along to a Town Centre Team Clean Up. Do you hate weeds and litter? Come along and have a satisfying time cleaning it all up!
- Got a local business? Join the campaign and do your bit to get a sticker for your shop door and a place in the gallery of supporters.
Find out More
Have a look at the Visit Cleveleys website homepage for more of the latest updates.
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