Tuesday Market / Garden Design Consultation Result

A consultation of residents, visitors and traders has been undertaken to assist the town council in making the decision on whether to take over operation of the Tuesday Market and how the gardens adjacent to the Memorial Hall can be landscaped to accommodate this. Feedback forms were placed in the majority of the town centre shops, Library, Town Hall and on the Town Council website and links on the Facebook page.  Councillors and Officers also attended the Farmer Market and Tuesday Market as well as speaking with the Royal British Legion.

155 replies received (some had more than 1 person listed on the form ie:- couples listed on the form together)

146 responded in support of the proposal and 7 responses of objection*. 

*In addition there were two responses objecting to the use of the gardens for a market,  but accepted that it would be necessary to retain the Tuesday market.

 Support for the designs was broken down as follows:

62% - Option 3   ;  24% -  Option 2   14% - Option 1

Themes/Issues raise within the Feedback:

Many people liked a combination of garden design 2 and 3.

Retain as much green as possible (when creating hard surfaces).

Consideration for inclusion of Bike Racks within the design.

Many requests to include as much seating as possible, including under the London Plane Tree.

Consideration to be given to including a commemorative element to redesign linked to 1918-2018

There was also a number of responses specifically about the war memorial:

There was a number of responses requesting segregation of the area around the War Memorial balanced by a number of requests that the area be made more open (in some instances respondents felt by “opening the area will increase the number of people who see the memorial and can reflect on the sacrifices made by local people.” )

When Armistice Day falls on a Tuesday,  Traders/Customers are to observe 2 minute silence.

If the gates are to be moved from the entrance,  then reposition the gates close to the Memorial, in a closed position to emphasis the message of “Lest We Forget”.

Re-occurring Questions:

Will there be space for the Mobile Bank ? : The area in front of the Memorial Hall will still be used by the banks (They do pay rent to the Town Council)

Will there be space for the “fish man” ?: The area in front of the Memorial Hall can accommodate at least two large vehicles.

Does the “charter allow this” ? : The Charter provides for the Town to operate a market,  but does not specify where or that it must be provided/operated i.e. DDDC are not obligated to continue operating it. 

Next Steps:

Based upon consultation results, the Town Council has resolved to continue to progress discussions with Derbyshire Dales District Council with the expectation that the Town Council will take over operation in 2018 ;that the Town Council proceed with works to the garden with a design using elements of  option 2 & 3 as well as feedback from the consultation.


Stoney Wood

Stoney Wood is Wirksworth's Millennium woodland planted in the area recovered from Stonecroft Quarry. The land on which the wood is planted was donated by Tarmac Ltd to Wirksworth Town Council. The original planting was started by Tarmac but later sections were planted by local adults and children in a project ...

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Hiring the Hall

Main Hall

We have  two buildings with rooms to hire on an hourly basis, and the newly renovated Fanny Shaw's Community Building (FSCB) which is operated on a key loan system. 

Town Hall:- The Main Hall is large, suitable for a variety of uses - dance, exercise, large meeting space, wedding reception, family parties, musical events, etc, whilst other rooms - the Club Room, Ante Room, Council Chamber, are suited to smaller classes/groups. All rooms are available for hire during the day & evening during week days & weekends.  

Memorial Hall:- the Hall & Kitchen are available to hire for meetings, parties, fayres, events and classes/groups, during the day & evening during week days and weekends.

FSCB:- Available via a key loan system for use by groups such as:- parents, schools, nurseries, scouts & not-for-profit groups holding events on Fanny Shaw's park.      

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Council Meetings

Environment & Town Affairs
(Usually held on the first Monday of the month)
Finance, Buildings & Personnel
(Usually held on the second Monday of the month)
Town Council Meeting
(Usually held on the third Monday of the month)

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