As we move into the recovery phase of our response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak Chesterfield Borough Council will continue to assess and respond to new requirements and will modify service provision in line with the latest Government guidance. Our priority is to ensure that the locations and workplaces from which we deliver our services are as safe as possible for our communities and staff.
Regular casual traders return to Chesterfield Market
Chesterfield Borough Council is pleased to announce that regular casual traders can begin trading from its outdoor markets from Monday 22 June.
This decision has been made following the successful restart of both the general markets and the flea market and after welcoming more shoppers back into the town centre as more non-essential retailers re-opened on Monday 15 June.
Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “By allowing the return of regular casual traders we are taking another important step in reopening the high street. More traders mean more choice for the people of Chesterfield who I hope will return in their numbers to support our local economy by shopping on the market and in the town centre.”
The system for regular casual traders has not changed, stalls will be assigned to these traders from 8am on market days on a first come first served basis. Please be aware that space is still limited, and the council cannot guarantee you will be able to trade.
Stalls have been placed on alternate rows in order to provide wider walkways for shoppers to socially distance and to ensure everyone has the opportunity to safely browse the market.
Regular casual traders can contact the Markets Office on 01246 345999 for further details. A regular casual trader is a trader that is not licensed but has traded on Chesterfield Market during the last year.
Find out all the latest updates about the Town Centre in our dedicated Coronavirus Information Hub.
Reopening High Streets Safely funding
Chesterfield Borough Council is pleased to announce that it has received £92,500 in funding from the Re-opening the High Street Safely Fund. The funding is primarily for use in Chesterfield town centre, but can also be used to support the re-opening of other district shopping areas such as Staveley town centre, Chatsworth Road and Whittington Moor.
The Government has allocated the funding from the European Regional Development Fund, as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, to help support the process of reopening England’s high streets safely.
The funding will be used in collaboration with Destination Chesterfield to help implement new measures to encourage the safe re-opening of Chesterfield town centre considering the challenges presented by Covid-19 and the need to promote and maintain safe social distancing. Some of the funding will also be used for communication and public information campaigns to market the town centre and the borough as a place to visit and to encourage more and more people to shop local.
We have already used some of the funding on signage and road and pavement markings to support shoppers to maintain safe social distancing around the outdoor market, market hall and Chesterfield town centre.
More information about how the funding will be spent will be announced over the coming weeks.