Oswestry's outdoor markets decline halted by move
A decision to take Oswestry's outdoor markets into the streets has stopped the decline in the number of traders, a council report has shown.
The markets had been suffering a worrying drop in stallholders.
But a report to tonight's town council meeting shows that the Saturday market has picked up considerably since the summer when it moved from the traditional Bailey Head square to Bailey Street.
The number of stalls on Saturday dropped to between just four and six for a month in July/August but leapt to 14 when the market moved into the street and reached 18 and 19 in October.
The monthly artisan market has also boosted what was the farmers' Friday market.
The number of stalls at the monthly event has risen from 13 in April to 23 in October and there could be even more this Friday for the November market.
Although the Wednesday market is still below last year's figure, there were 20 stallholders at the end of October.
Assistant town clerk Arren Roberts, said: "It is early days but feedback from the use of Bailey Street for market activities indicates that this move has had a positive effect, particularly for the Saturday. Overall the attendance has been promising.
"The Saturday market in the street has worked particularly well when there has been an event on the Bailey Head and the consistent programme of live music performances has also improved the overall shopping experience."
He said that there had also been an encouraging number of stalls on Wednesdays.
The introduction of a Saturday car boot sale last month had not been so well received and the market 'champions' group is to meet shortly to decide whether to continue it weekly or alter it to monthly.
Councillor Paul Milner said he had been delighted to see Bailey Street 'chock-a-block' with shoppers last week and tweeted a photograph saying: "It was great to see the market traders doing well."