MARKET traders are being attracted to Rasen by a new buy one get one free offer.
The town’s market looks set to double in size from May after Rasen Town Council agreed to offer a new buy one month’s market rent get a second month free to new traders.
The idea was the result of a meeting between councillors, stall holders and Market Place shop owners, which took place last month.
At the monthly town council meeting, held last Wednesday, Coun Graham Bower reported that he already had five new market traders interested in taking up the offer and willing to start trading in the town.
The offer, which the town council hopes will draw more shoppers into Market Rasen, will be available to new traders from May 3.
District councillor Ken Bridger also reported that a number of enforcement orders had been issued against the owners of certain buildings in Market Rasen that had fallen into disrepair or were creating an eyesore.
Councillors also resolved to ask the Co-op whether the clock in the Market Place, which the store owns, can be fixed, and to ask the owner of the building in Queen Street, which was The Taal, whether the boards over the windows can be used for art.
Coun Bridger said: “We were told recently it is the Gaza end of Market Rasen, could we not ask the owner whether a local art group can paint the boards over the windows.”
Councillors were also told that plans to convert the Old Police Station to a heritage centre, with the aid of Market Rasen Heritage Society, had stalled after members found the building only had planning permission for office use.
Coun Linda Bowen said that until the council received planning permission to turn the building into a public attraction, it could not apply for funding for the renovations desperately needed.
She also reported that planning permission could not be given until the design of the building had been changed, as there were sections currently without disabled access.
Concerns that there were not enough people to help set-up and run the forthcoming St George’s Day Food Fair in Market Rasen were also raised as a matter of urgency by Coun Steve Bunney.
The food fair is due to take place in the Festival Hall and in its car park on Saturday, April 23, but Coun Bunney said with a number of members of council staff unavailable, he worried there would be a lack of people to organise traders on the day.
An emergency meeting will now be held tonight, at the Old Police Station at 7pm, with anyone able to help set up stalls and organise trader pitches on April 23, welcome to attend.