Statement on the Thursday Market

Published: 15 July 2020

Statement on the Thursday Market

The Princes Risborough Town Council is aware of a number of inaccurate statements circulating on social media. Since the start of the COVID-19, the Town Council has worked tirelessly to protect its High Street and Market Traders. It has developed new schemes to promote and maintain trade such as The Risborough Basket and has also tried to ensure the safety of its residents through the lockdown.

Following Government guidance, it has started to reintroduce and reopen the successful Thursday market in Princes Risborough High Street. This has not been without its challenges. The High Street pavements are shallow in places and do not allow for adequate social distancing alongside queues of market stall customers. As a result, the Council has taken the difficult decision to rearrange the market to maintain maximum safety for residents and stallholders alike. This has meant that despite long-held pitches, some changes have had to be made; not all of which have been popular.

Not all traders have returned at this time, and there has been a natural turnover of stalls, with some leaving and new ones about to join.

As a public body, the Town Council must operate in accordance with Government guidelines and makes the best decisions it can in the interests of the parties concerned. It cannot discuss individual cases, but it has a formal complaints procedure for all its decisions to which it can be held accountable.

Our aim is to manage a successful, profitable, and safe market within the confines and restrictions of the available space, for the benefit of local residents and stallholders.