Ludlow Town Council meets on Monday night to discuss, among other matters, expansion of the number of trading pitches on the market in the light of the government’s decision to reduce social distancing from two metres to one metre. Hopefully this, along with the reopening of pubs and cafes, will bring the town centre back into life – though we must all act with caution and safety and its will be a very long while before we witness the crushes of old on King Street and on the market.
If the town council agree the plans on Monday, the new arrangements will be in place from Wednesday 8 July.
The new layout will allow for up to 30 pitches, made up of four gazebos, three vans and up to 23 stalls. The number of stalls could be reduced if traders are allocated more than one stall on which to sell their wares.
With this number of traders, Ludlow Market is looking viable again. It needs a critical mass of traders to attract shoppers. I hope the increased number of stalls will encourage some of our well loved traders to return.
It is time for Ludlow to bounce back into action. We need to be careful and conscious of any risks. But if our retail economy doesn’t thrive, Ludlow won’t thrive. Ludlow Market the heart of our retail economy.