Since the running of Great Torrington’s historic pannier market reverted back to Torridge District Council back in April the Town and District Council have been busy working together to give the site a revamp.
Recent work has included a thorough cleaning and fresh paintwork for many of the public areas including the ceiling at the South Street entrance and stone walls in the market hall area. Behind the scenes, new gutters and downpipes have also been installed to improve the drainage arrangements around the site.
Working closely with the Chamber of Trade and with the cooperation of market traders, the work was sequenced to cause as little disruption as possible. This included contractors working out of hours and avoiding the busy Friday and Saturday Market times.
At the same time, new contract cleaners were appointed to undertake the initial deep clean but also the ongoing and regular cleaning of the market and public toilet facilities. Other contracts to oversee security and access arrangements have also been let.
District and Town Councillor and Lead Member for Community Culture and Leisure Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin said:
“Great Torrington’s Pannier Market is so important to the town, both in terms of its heritage and culture, but also as an economic asset. I’m really pleased that the Council is investing in its upkeep and will continue to make it an attractive and welcoming place to visit. The pannier market boasts a variety of independent shops, as well as an art gallery where you can regularly watch the artist at work, and a lovely café selling delicious goods. On Fridays and Saturdays, there are also regular market traders in the market hall selling a range of different things. I hope the revamp will encourage people to support their town centre and to shop local. It’s a fantastic place to visit whatever the weather.”
Anyone interested in trading from the pannier market should contact Torridge District Council’s Estates Team on 01237 428756 or email corporate.property@torridge.