SHOPPERS are being asked to help shape plans to revitalise markets.
Durham County Council is developing a new markets strategy and street trading policy, and is seeking the views of residents, shoppers and traders in order to ensure they are taken into account.
The strategy is aimed at improving markets and boosting town centre economies, for example by having more speciality markets, improving access for disabled people, having a wider mix of local traders and increasing customer numbers.
The council’s cabinet has agreed to explore the possibility of alternative management arrangements in the future for the ten markets currently controlled by the authority.
A consultation has been launched, which will run until August 23 and will look at issues including improving the shopping experience; giving good value for money for people; supporting businesses and creating jobs; improving town centres; and encouraging visitors to the area.
A questionnaire will be handed out to shoppers and traders from a council stall at Seaham market on Friday, Chester-le-Street on July 14 and 20; and Durham City on August 4.