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Gillingham’s Town Team is hoping that a new street market will be up and running this August.

The aim is to have the market on the High Street, between Barnaby Mead and School Road, and to hold it monthly, on a Sunday.

The market iself will be run by the Salisbury-based The Anonymous Travelling Market.

Town councillor Mike Gould, who is a member of Town Team, told Gillingham News: ‘We had a meeting in the town with Steve Dauwalder of The Anonymous Travelling Market and looked at a number of sites, and the consensus was that the High Street would be best.

‘The plan is to hold the market monthly, on the second Sunday of the month*, and to hold the first market in August,’ he said.

The main theme of the market is likely to be artisan, with the majority of any products sold being handmade or ethically-produced. Most of the market stalls could be placed facing shops, which organisers say may encourage some to open on the day.

Councillor Gould said he has now asked the town clerk, Julie Hawkins, to help in arranging road closures.

The issue of a market was raised at the a meeting of the full council in June. Councillors broadly welcomed the idea but there was some concern about whether local businesses would be fully involved.

Councillor Gould stressed that the aim of the market was to revitalise the High Street and help local businesses.

*This story has been updated to make clear that the market will be held on the second Sunday.

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  1. Bernard May
    29 June 2020 at 10:13 pm — Reply

    What is desperately needed is to clean up the shops that lie almost derelict at the bottom of the town next to the Chinese takeaway . These have remained empty for a very long time and generate an impression of total neglect of this part of town. It is imperative that this is tackled urgently inorder to boost pride in the town. Leaving it as is should not be a option.

  2. Linda Weaver
    30 June 2020 at 7:48 pm — Reply

    Facing the shops, what shops?

  3. Sally Muir
    29 July 2020 at 6:26 am — Reply

    What a brilliant idea. I recently went to the monthly market in Sherbourne and was very impressed, by the layout, the organisers had thought about social distancing (as this is our new way if living) and by the community feel I got from watching and listening to the shoppers. If local craftsmen and women can sell their wares, now that the large shows(Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show) aren’t opening this year, I’m sure that would help them enormously, and make them known to the community. My concern is the sad, abandoned buildings by the Chinese restaurant as they look so awful. They really don’t add that welcome feeling. Since the lockdown, so many people are trying to encourage the use if the open spaces, I for one, love coming for a coffee on the green, or a pizza night with my family.

    I am so saddened by reading that we could lose Riversmeet. I was one of the Trustees who was involved in the building of it and as a swimming coach, my part was ensuring we had a decent sized pool to enable Riversmeet to be a Centre of Excellence for Galas and more. Myself and the other Trusrees spent many years building the Leisure Centre to be used by and for the Community so I really hope that a positive solution can be found to save it.

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