Chichester District Council has given permission for a small number of traders to operate a market in Chichester on Wednesdays and Saturdays while the national coronavirus restrictions remain in place. The Chichester Farmers’ Market will also continue.
In line with the Government guidance, only food products including, fruit, eggs, baked goods, fish, flowers and plants will be available to purchase. The markets will be held in the Cattle Market car park in Chichester from 8 am, with the necessary social distancing measures in place.
Traders attending this market would normally trade as part of the general market operated by Brays Associates, who are not running the Chichester market during this period of wider national coronavirus restrictions.
The Chichester Farmers’ Market operated by Chichester District Council is continuing to trade during this current lockdown period, on the first and third Friday of the month. This market is also currently limited to food products and plants, in line with the Government guidelines. Chichester Farmers’ Market is held in the Cattle Market car park in Chichester from 9am until 2pm.
“We have been working closely with traders who sell goods deemed ‘essential’ by the Government to allow them to keep trading during this period of national restrictions, and we are really pleased to be able to offer them this opportunity,” says Councillor Tony Dignum Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council. “It’s been an incredibly difficult year for all of our traders and local businesses and we are keen to do as much as we can to support them.
“We know that many residents rely on these markets for their fresh produce and so it is important they are able to keep trading. Safety is of course our top priority and we will ensure that social distancing measures are in place at these markets to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“As we get closer to Christmas, we have launched a new campaign to encourage residents to continue supporting our local traders and businesses in these difficult times by shopping locally to buy their festive food and gifts.
“If you’re buying gifts while the national restrictions are in place, please remember that many of our local business and some market traders offer click and collect and delivery services. Small and local businesses often stock items that are made locally and aren’t available anywhere else, providing a great range of choice and unique products.
“Our businesses have worked hard to make their premises Covid-secure, and when non-essential shops are able to reopen their doors once again, you’ll be able to enjoy a safe shopping experience. To encourage people to shop locally and to help with social distancing, we are offering free parking every weekend in December in Avenue De Chartres car park, Chichester, and people can also use the MiPermit app to select two hours and get the third free in most of our car parks across the district during December.”
People can also find out more about the council’s Christmas campaign by visiting www.chichester.gov.uk/countdowntochristmas