Members of the public are being given the opportunity to have their say on the rules that govern Wellingborough Market.
Wellingborough Council has opened a consultation on its Market Rights Policy, which says that no indoor, outdoor market consisting of five or more stalls, including farmer’s markets, charity markets, car boot sales, antique and craft markets can take place within 6.6 miles of the main Wellingborough Market, held in Orient Way on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Markets organised by community groups and organisations for the purpose of raising funds for charity or celebrating a special event are exempt.
People have until 5pm on September 1 to have their say on the ancient charter, issued by King John in 1201 AD, which gives Wellingborough Council the power to oversee other markets held within 6.6 miles of the square on any day.
Speaking to the Northamptonshire Telegraph, Chairman of the Market Working Party, Cllr Graham Lawman, said: “Wellingborough Market represents an important investment by the council in delivering economic regeneration and town centre vitality and variety, as well as enhancing the character of the area.
“The policy has been put in place to preserve the market, which is also held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and recognise the important role it plays in the local economy.
“The council is keen to maintain the balance of markets throughout the borough and ensure consistency in the way markets are organised.”
The Market Rights Policy is available to view at Swanspool House offices in Doddington Road, Wellingborough or online at: http://www.wellingborough.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/980/services_committee