The Thornton Heath Community Action Team is leading a three-month Street Market pilot which is being launched in time for Christmas.

The CR7 market will launch on Saturday December 16 from 10am to 4pm with stalls located along Brigstock Road, the High Street and the Whitehorse roundabout.

The market will compliment existing shops and hopefully give them a boost in the run up to Christmas as well as raising the profile of Thornton Heath as a place to open a business.

The market will be offering  arts and crafts, along with locally sourced food, children’s workshops, festive music, a Santa’s grotto and hopefully an ice rink although this will depend on a Crowdfunding bid.

There has already been interest from dozens of potential stall holders but if you want to get involved there is plenty of time to get in touch.

There will be a minimal fee for the stall hire, though stallholders can bring their own. Each stall will also require a licence from the council and insurance.

The council earmarked £25,000 from the regeneration funding  for the street market but won’t release the funds until there is a proven sustainable business plan for the market.

The three-month pilot is being funded by councillors Alison Butler, Jamie Audsley and Humayun Kabir. The ultimate plan is that the market will be run by a market manager and work towards being self-sustainable.

Shoppers will be incentivised to visit stalls located at Ambassador House, The Job Centre and The Prince George.

There will also be a business reward card giving shoppers discounts for shopping locally on the day.

The event will feature a Santa’s Grotto and Sleigh at the Barbers Shop, carol singing, and activities for children. Many local organisations also want to showcase their talents and will be handing out information about local clubs and activities.

THCAT is canvassing all local businesses and encouraging them to get involved and have already received many positive responses.

A spokeswoman for the Thornton Heath Community Action Team, street market sub-committee, said: ”We see the market as a way of encouraging new businesses to get on the first step of the ladder towards perhaps one day having a shop on our High Street.

“There is so much talent out there but often people feel they have to leave to get on – when it would be so much better if we could support them on their journey.

“We want to make this a day to remember and we are calling on the Thornton Heath community to get behind the market and not just support it but get involved on the day”.

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