Move to revive Banbury Market ahead of summer

Banbury Market
Banbury Market

Ideas have been shared on how to revive Banbury Market following a slow winter.

The Banbury Town Centre Partnership held a meeting last Thursday with the focus on how Banbury Charter Market could be reinvigorated to attract more crowds.

The market, which is held on Thursdays and Saturdays, is operated by Sketts on behalf of Cherwell District Council.

The partnership is administered by the town council and focuses particularly on trade matters in Banbury.

Vice chairman, councillor Tony Ilott, said: “The market has been suffering, particularly during the wet winter, and it will look to improve what it’s offering to the public.

“They’re looking to get more involved in local events like the Old Town Association’s street party and they’re also looking to get more involved with local charities. We want to make the market more of a destination and ideas included extra activities like street performers and musicians to hopefully attract more people.”

Councillor Steve Kilsby, leader of the Labour town council group, has been asking for a rejuvenation of the market for the past year. He said: “The biggest problem is that other town markets are doing better. This meeting is definitely a step in the right direction but there’s more to be done; the key is to involve both traders and customers.”

He is keen to get a working group put together.