Breathing new life into age-old market

Earlestown Market
Earlestown Market
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A team of councillors have compiled an action plan aimed at breathing new life into age-old Earlestown market.

Members of St Helens Council’s regeneration, housing, culture and leisure overview and scrutiny panel paid a visit to the market, which has a heritage dating back as far as the 13th century, in early February.

They met with markets manager Kevin Gavin and estates manager Steve Littler as well as speaking to a number of market traders.

Among the recommendations the panel asked the council’s cabinet to consider is an increase to the maintenance budget to allow for the management of annual stall replacement.

They also proposed the provision of advertising banners on high-level lampposts on the square, the refurbishment of public conveniences and the possibility of bringing the old market offices back into use for traders and visitors alike.

The eight-strong team of councillors also proposed discussions with traders about the possibility of reducing rents in January, February and March, the promotion of the market as a tourist attraction and a possible trial for the recycling of cardboard at the Friday market.

Other suggestions included the identification of parking areas for visiting coaches and the provision of four “interpretation boards” around the market square.

Earlestown Market has a heritage dating back as far as 1258, although the market, in its present form, dates back to 1870.