THE RETURN of a regular market in Midhurst has taken a step forward after a meeting between owners, the Town Trust and those interested in the future of the newly refurbished Market Square.
It was officially opened in August after the completion of a £400,000 renovation project which has seen it resurfaced and enhanced. But many people have been disappointed that there have not been public events held there since.
There has also been dismay that despite the refurbishment, the axe has fallen on the town’s farmer’s market which will move to Petworth next year.
Clerk to the Town Trust Tim Rudwick said the square had not been able to open: “due to unforeseen access problems which are hopefully going to be resolved early in the new year. Once the project has been ‘signed off’ by West Sussex County Council, it is hoped it will once again see a regular market in the town.”
“The trustees invited businesses, clubs, societies and other interested parties to a discussion to ascertain who might be interested in making use of the newly resurfaced square.
“This could be for either entertainment or holding regular markets and fairs. The feeling was very positive with the majority agreeing the trustees were providing a very valuable resource.”
And as a result a management team is being set up to run an events diary and booking system on behalf of the trustees.
After the meeting chairman of Midhurst Town Council’s finance and general purposes committee Steve Morley said: “Like many others I would like to see events return to square - the historical heart of our town. It is now renovated and looks the part but we must try to make it act the part.
“We at the town council have shown our commitment by including enough in next year’s precept to help develop rural or specialist markets and fairs.
I believe these two bodies are helping Midhurst move on from the loss of the farmers market and, as it did at the Christmas Fair, life can return there by next summer.”