Ramsgate’s weekly market to return next April

Ramsgate market Photo Maxine Morgan

Ramsgate market will return next April following the appointment of an operator, council leader Rick Everitt has revealed.

Speaking at a council meeting last week, Cllr Everitt said: “We have been working hard over the summer months to address a number of legacy issues.

“Ramsgate has been without its weekly market since covid and promises that it would resume went unfulfilled.

“This is something we took a decision to act on at our first Cabinet meeting in June. The market went out to tender in August and I am delighted to confirm we have appointed an experienced operator to deliver it from April next year.”

The town centre, Friday market shut when covid restrictions were brought in during March 2020. It briefly reopened in June of that year but issues around placement meant the market closed again. A new site proposed for Pier Yard car park on the seafront was scuppered at the 11th hour.

Traders were then given the go-ahead to use Staffordshire Street car park, taking space in several disabled parking bays. But there was a drop in traders taking part on Fridays and none willing to set up for business at the site on Saturdays.

The low number of stalls meant falling income, with then-operator Hughmark making a decision to cease trade in the town.

In October 2020 Thanet council said there were plans to create a new Canterbury style format with gazebos and themed days and the market contract would go out to tender. This plan did not move forward.

In June last year, Cabinet members approved proposals to secure a new operator for the market. It also agreed to remove existing street trading and hawking restrictions on the High Street, King Street and Queen Street.

The proposal is for the new market to run every Friday in the High Street and Queen Street.

Thanet council will be responsible for the promotion of the market. The new operator will be offered a two year licence. They will have the freedom to choose the traders, fees and market stalls. There will be an option to renew at the end of two years if the market is successful.

30 Comments

  1. Will they reopen the toilets by then? Could make the difference between visiting or going elsewhere for someone with a minor unseen disability like me.

  2. Maybe they’ll also cordon off some space to park your barrel load of negativity and widen the pavements to accommodate the chip on your shoulder.

    • Looking at the people who live in Ramsgate, they could nearly all do with wider pavements (they’ve probably had enough chips though). And that includes you, Big Girl.

  3. Is that right Market opening in April next year,have they sorted who will run it.about time Ramsgate needs this.

  4. Checksfield you really are a master of all that’s wrong in Thanet You expect others to be empathetic,reasonable,supportive,and accepting of your trans status,and then you gratuitously insult someone you have never met simply because the article is not about your beloved Birchington.Fine,start a market there and show us how it should be done.The disability you suffer from is not unseen,we can all see what you suffer from and it’s not overwhelming kindness and affability.

      • Ms. Pink is a woman. Please accept people’s choices of gender, just as the Labour party does.

        Thank you. X

    • Hey there Georgie Boy, a Ramsgate Theatre is working hard to revive the area, putting on quality shows. Yet how many of you “I love Ramsgate” keyboard warriors have even bothered commenting on it, yet alone shown any support or encouragement? Or you one of those still sulking because it didn’t become an art gallery and renamed The Sandpit or whatever silly name they proposed? Use it or lose it!

      • Talking about the Grandville. Do we know what their plans are for returning the seats to the winter gardens ?

        I agree it makes a change from the arty community, but not my cup of tea. I have never been a theater goer.

        • Curious about that myself (though the chances of the Winter Gardens ever reopening are extremely remote). I don’t think TDC ever clarified this?

  5. Great news, hope some new stalls will be there.
    Missing the stall selling the large baggy nickers, so comfy ! but i guss et stall holders will want a return incentive during these cash strapped times.

  6. It’s hard to understand in this day and age, how someone can be so judgmental.All due to their postcode. There’s such a thing called mental health. It’s comments like yours Ms Pink, That can push a person over the edge. Even I know it’s Peter too, just from reading the comments for the last few months. It’s funny how Ms Pink is here, but Peter has since disappeared!? Keep your vile comments like that to yourself. It’s disgusting. You’re a grown adult. Act like it.

    • Mr. Shepherd- you’re right about Peter Checksfield’s comments. A couple of years ago, he started aiming his comments at me, partly because of my nationality. And he’s still doing so. It makes me extremely angry, especially as he does not even know me. I know that this comment of mine will simply be another notch on his “Comments to/ about me, Peter Checksfield, local author” stick. But I have as much right as anybody else to comment here, so I will. And he will continue to be obnoxious and, insulting and unkind.

      • I’m so sorry to hear this. Unfortunately, there are sad, very lonely bullies in this world. Who have got nothing better to do, but be rude, vile and hate on others. I look at people like this, and think, they wouldn’t really have the balls to say things like this to people’s faces. So they sit behind a phone/tablet and think they look clever. When in actual fact, they look ridiculously sad! The best thing to do, is simply don’t feed into his insults. Rise above him and think, does he know me? Do I care about this person? If the answer is no, then they don’t mean a single thing to you. Don’t let insults from a coward affect you.

        • Your right Mr Shepherd, except I was verbally assaulted by a large women last week, when out on my Mobility Scooter, and she blocked the road with her car, on double yellow lines and deliberately opened the door so I couldn’t get by! She then became incoherent with rage, shouting and screaming at me, until I started to shout for help! This is now common, abuse and lawlessness I mean, she wouldn’t have done it if I had been 30 years younger, in my 50’s say, instead of being in my 80’s! But back to the market, why wait until next April, why not December in time for Christmas?

          • I asked that too. Phyllis told me:

            “It takes time to build more toilets and widen the pavements, I expect.”

            So, there’s your answer.

        • Your right Mr Shepherd, except I was verbally assaulted by a large women last week, when out on my Mobility Scooter, and she blocked the road with her car, on double yellow lines and deliberately opened the door so I couldn’t get by! She then became incoherent with rage, shouting and screaming at me, until I started to shout for help! This is now common, abuse and lawlessness I mean, she wouldn’t have done it if I had been 30 years younger, in my 50’s say, instead of being in my 80’s! But back to the market, why wait until next April, why not December in time for Christmas? This is the first time I have mentioned this Kathy, as the assault only happend last Saturday!

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