Christmas Eve Market in Eastleigh

Eastleigh MarketEastleigh Borough Council have announced that there will be an additional market day in Eastleigh, on Tuesday 24th December this year. The Christmas Eve market will be held in the usual location on Leigh Road precinct, between 9am and 2pm.

In a press release, a spokesman for the Council says;

” We are pleased to stage a town centre market on Christmas Eve and we hope local people will go along and enjoy some last minute shopping. Since taking over the running of the town centre markets, the Council has been keen to explore other ways to improve the market. The markets are an important part of the town centre economy and we look forward to ‘building up’ and promoting them in the future.”

There will not be a town centre market in Eastleigh on Boxing Day or Saturday 28 December.

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

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  3 comments for “Christmas Eve Market in Eastleigh

  1. December 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    ” The markets are an important part of the town centre economy and we look forward to ‘building up’ and promoting them in the future.”

    Does this statement say they have allowed them to become ‘run down’, and that they have not bothered to ‘promote’ them in the past..?

    Clearly NOT that important to the town then if the council allows this to happen.!!

  2. December 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Like you Matthew, I previously thought that the Council ran the market, but it appears that was not the case, until recently.

    As we reported a few weeks ago, the Council has recently taken over the management of the market in Eastleigh. They’re trying to move things forward, and this additional market day before Xmas is hopefully the first of many improvements we’ll see over the next few months & years.

    • December 25, 2013 at 12:41 am

      Ray,

      I have been fully aware that the town market was managed by Southern Market Traders. However, we were always told by ELAC that this was in partnership with the council.

      In fact the council reduced rental costs to traders by 50% in 2007 too help market traders but did very little to help promote or build the market.

      My comments were to highlight the “say one thing but do another” policy of Beastleigh Borough Council.

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