Southport Makers Market. Photo by Phil Gee of Stand Up For Southport

New outdoor markets will take place twice a week outside Southport Market. 

The markets will take place every Wednesday and Thursday along Market Street. 

They will be in addition to the monthly Southport Makers Market which takes place on the first Sunday of every month. 

The first of the new outdoor markets, which will be operated by Sefton Council, will take place on Wednesday, 3rd August. 

The events will then take place every Wednesday and Thursday over the next 12 months. 

The outdoor markets will require the temporary closure of Market Street to traffic between 5am and 8pm each day. 

Southport Market is currently looking forward to celebrating its first birthday with a day of entertainment on Friday, 22nd July. 

The new outdoor markets will provide visitors with even more reasons to visit. 

In his report to councillors, Sefton Council Head of Highways and Public Protection Peter Moore said: “To improve the economic revival of Southport Indoor market following the recent Covid pandemic, the Manager of the market and the Service Manager – Tourism have requested that an outdoor market be introduced on Market Street. 

“This will be in addition to the approved Sunday markets in both Market Street and King Street. 

“The location of the market will be on Market Street between its junction with King Street and the Market delivery entrance. 

“The market will be held during weekday trading hours of 10.00 and 17.00 (although this could extend during Summer months) and it will be held every Wednesday and Thursday provisionally for the next twelve months from Wednesday 3rd August 2022. 

“It is proposed that the market stalls will be placed on the carriageway of Market Street. To maintain health and safety for the stallholders and for the general public it is therefore necessary for a temporary Traffic Regulation Order to be put in place to close Market Street to all traffic. The Traffic Regulation Order will be in operation for the duration of the market between 05.00 hours and 20.00 hours and to allow stallholders to set up and dismantle their stalls at the end of the day.” 

The necessary legal procedures, including those of public consultation and advertising the Council’s intention to implement the Order, will now be implemented. If no objections are received during the consultation process, the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer will be authorised to make the Order and the Highway Management Manager be authorised to implement the Order.

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