In addition, to help support market traders during these challenging times, Maidstone Borough Council (MBC), is reducing the market pitch cost down to a flat rate of £15 and inviting those who can help supply goods to our local residents to join us.
The Council is particularly encouraging traders selling essential items such as fresh fruit, vegetables, other food items, cleaning products and toilet rolls to take a pitch at the weekly markets. One of the aims in particular, is to help support local producers, farmers and wholesalers who would normally supply to the restaurant chains and cafes to sell their goods to local people via the regular Market.
The MBC Market team is also taking steps to make operating as safe as possible with larger gaps between each pitch of 2metres, all stalls will be outside (under cover if bad weather). Customers will also be encouraged to follow safe distance guidance when shopping at the market with 2metre floor markers to indicate where people should stand when queuing.
If you are a local producer or supplier and would like more information about a ‘pitch’ at the Maidstone Lockmeadow Market, on a Tuesday or Saturday between 7.30am and 1.30pm please contact the MBC Market Manager by calling: 01622 60225, or email: email@example.com
The Council is keeping the Markets in-line with guidance provided by NAMBA – the voice of markets, which has advised that: “In terms of whether markets should stay open, currently retail, including markets, is unaffected by the measures.”