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Craft Stalls Proposed for Scarborough Town Centre

Craft Stalls Proposed for Scarborough Town Centre

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 3:42pm 22nd June 2020.

A Scarborough councillor has called for craft and creative workers to move into empty High Street shops following the Covid-19 lockdown to help stimulate the economy.

Speaking at the Local Government Association’s Board for Culture and Tourism, Conservative Cllr David Jeffels said that with the prospect of a number of shops not re-opening after the pandemic, giving them a new role as places which groups of craft workers could occupy.

Cllr Jeffels, Scarborough Council’s shadow cabinet member for Quality of Life, said:

“The borough and the North York Moors National Park has a great wealth of highly talented craft workers who could sell their wares at stalls set up in the empty shops.

They could provide a whole new look to shopping centres, widening their appeal an augmenting the appeal of traditional High Street stores.”

Many craft workers locally and throughout North Yorkshire are struggling because they have had outlet to sell their goods as a result of agricultural shows and craft fairs being abandoned this year due to the virus.

They provide a wide range of individual products which have a big appeal to the public.”

His suggestion was welcomed by the LGA Board which is promoting creative industries and outlets nationwide.

Chairman, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said:

“The creative industry has a great deal to offer both the social and economic regeneration of the country.”


There are 2 comments on this page.

yorkshireboy, on 22nd June 2020 4:42pm
And are these craft workers going to be paying sky high town centre rents and business rates..

Or is SBC providing all these shops rent and rate free.
Maria Pollock, on 23rd June 2020 9:23am
Indeed yorkshireboy well put. To help the economy, small businesses need all the support they can get, that’s if they haven’t already gone out of business!! If these shops are empty then let GENUINE, REGISTERED businesses use them to get back on their feet. I trust ALL safety measures have already been addressed!!!

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