Acomb Market could soon be a permanent fixture.
After a successful trial, the market should see its status upgraded by City of York Council at a meeting next week.
Cllr Keith Aspden, the executive member for economic development, will consider proposals to give the market a permanent footing by amending York’s 600-year-old Markets Charter.
The markets have been running since June this year, after local traders group Acomb Alive! gained nearly £18,000 in council funding to help promote Front Street and the local economy.
Since then there has been an increase in shopper footfall in Acomb and a consistent rise in the number of market stalls taking part in the event.
Getting the area buzzing
Currently the Markets Charter does not permit any markets within six and two-thirds miles of Shambles Market – unless they are on a trial basis or have received a licence from the council. Acomb should now follow Haxby as the second area in York to be given the right to hold a market through an amendment to the charter.
Cllr Aspden said: “The Acomb Market has gone from strength to strength over the last few months, and will be a key part of a thriving local economy in Acomb.
“Congratulations to Acomb Alive! and all the businesses they represent for their work in making the markets such a success.”
Chair of Acomb Alive! Cllr Sue Hunter thanked the traders and shoppers for makings its events a success. She said:
There is more work ahead too and we should look at how we can make the area more attractive and accessible.