Tuesday market in Ilkeston expected to get go ahead

MDL100123B1 - Ilkeston Market Place
MDL100123B1 - Ilkeston Market Place

Ilkeston Market could be held four times a week if proposals to hold a Tuesday market get the green light .

Erewash Borough Council will vote at its council executive meeting this Thursday whether to hold a Shrove Tuesday speciality market on February 17.

If the market is successful in attracting traders and visitors to Ilkeston it could be made a permanent feature.

The market is currently held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, though most stalls operate on Thursday and Saturdays with just a handful of stalls on a Friday.

The move is aimed at helping to regenerate the town centre.

However, one market trader, who runs a cosmetic stall in the town every Thursday and Saturday said he could seen it being a success.

Phil Wood said: “I don’t think they will have much luck.

“They haven’t approached any traders as far as I know. Whether any would come to Ilkeston on a Tuesday I don’t know. Most of the traders already sell at other markets on a Tuesday, they are unlikely to find anyone.”

The market has been part of the town’s history for many years and attracts people to Ilkeston.

Councillor Geoffrey Smith, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for regeneration and planning, said: “Speciality markets can be very popular and add to the attractiveness and vitality of a town centre. We need to put the framework in place to enable us to look at an occasional speciality Tuesday market for Ilkeston as we continue our drive to help boost our town centres.”