The market area currently boasts the full infrastructure to support a bustling street market. Ten pitches are attractively marked out, each with up-to-date installations to access power. Currently, however, there are no traders bar one. Local residents will be incentivised to trade through the provision of 11 uniform market stalls and essential equipment, stored locally and rented to traders at low cost; subsidised pitch fees for 12 weeks; and an advertising campaign to promote the business opportunities to Rosehill’s diverse population. The Rosehill Traders Association (RTA) is committed to managing the market with Sutton Council’s Street Licencing Team and Town Centre Manager. The market will be launched in December 2015 alongside the Rosehill Christmas Festival and Christmas Lights Switch On, operating weekly and twice-weekly once established. Rosehill will ‘blossom’ under increased footfall and business prosperity that will create new jobs and bring the community together.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
There is great desire within Rosehill’s business and residential community to reverse the decline of the District Centre – many of which rely upon for their livelihoods and consumption needs. Nevertheless, Rosehill has experienced a 25% reduction in footfall over the past year. The RTA seeks to stimulate Rosehill’s economic vitality and viability by re-establishing its once-popular market – a proposal supported by local residents, councillors and Sutton Council. A survey, conducted by local traders and at the recent St Helier Festival, has thus far shown a 96% support rate from over 70 local residents for the revitalisation of the market, with a quarter calling for a plants and gardening market, followed by street food (17%) and a farmers market (15%). Sale of these goods will particularly be encouraged to reflect consumer demand, therefore creating a sustainable and vibrant market. The market will cater for the residential and working population and support existing businesses.
Steps to get it done:
Storage of market stalls and equipment in Rosehill has been agreed with Sutton Council.
The RTA was established in 2007 and comprises over 15 members. The RTA was responsible for the introduction of an extended parking scheme in Rosehill and holds a well-attended, yearly Christmas community event. Furthermore, the RTA secured funding from the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee for hanging baskets and flower troughs. The London Borough of Sutton, local councillors, the Safer Neighbourhoods Team and the Sutton Chamber of Commerce are highly supportive of the RTA.
Rosehill is already well-connected by public transport and is served by 6 bus routes. This connectivity will be further enhanced by the potential Tramlink extension to Sutton town centre, with a tram stop proposed for Rosehill. There is overwhelming support for the Tramlink extension (84%) which will enable local businesses and market traders to widen their consumer catchment area.
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Thank you sincerely to everyone who has donated so far, it is greatly appreciated. However, we have 6 days to go and need to have one last push! It would be such a shame to miss out on this excellent opportunity to bring the market back where it belongs and help to make Rose hill Flourish again, as we all know it can! So please, tell your friends, neighbours, colleagues, and lets reach our target! Thank you. Andrew Brown, Treasurer, Rose hill Traders Association.