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Tamworth Market to make welcome return this Tuesday

Tamworth-marketTamworth Market will make a welcome return to the streets of Tamworth town centre this Tuesday (June 16).

The new-look market will be more spread out with additional measures being taken by individual stall holders to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

There will be a reduced number of stalls to begin with as not all traders are returning immediately, but shoppers should still be able to find the majority of the market’s regulars, although they might be in different locations.

Tamworth Borough Council’s economic development team and health and safety specialists have worked closely with market operators, LSD Promotions, on a plan that enables the market to return to the high street safely, in light of the continuing risks posed by coronavirus.

This involves new locations for a number of stalls. The market will now be spread out along George Street, in Lower Gungate in front of the NCP car park and in St Editha’s Square. There won’t be any stalls in Market Street or around the Town Hall for the time being.

The market will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 9am and 4pm.

The reopening of the market will be supported by our new specialist ‘Shop Safe’ town centre business advisory team which has been appointed thanks to a grant from the European Regional Development Fund to assist the safe reopening of the high street.

Members of the team will be on the ground throughout the day tomorrow, together with the council’s economic development and health and safety officers, to make sure everything runs smoothly. 

Cllr Jeremy Oates, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Heritage and Growth, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming the market back to Tamworth together with the non-essential retailers which have been closed for so long.

“We’ve spent a long time working with the market operators to make sure the location of the market takes account for social distancing and additional measures that need to be in place to protect stall holders and shoppers.

“We need to ensure that any return to activities is carried out in a way that continues to control the spread of coronavirus as much as possible. This means working together to create as safe an environment as possible, which protects workers and members of the public – and ensures people feel confident to return to the town centre.

“We hope people will feel safe enough to come back and give their much-needed support to our small business community.”

More information for businesses, including all the Covid-secure guidelines, risk assessment templates and downloadable posters, can be found on the new Shop Safe web page at www.tamworth.gov.uk/shop-safe.

Notes to Editors

The ‘Shop Safe’ project is receiving up to £67,455 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.