Sevenoaks Town Council creates a Pop-Up Marketplace for Local Traders during May & June to help them trade whilst some pandemic restrictions remain in place

Since March 2020 it has been a difficult time for local businesses fuelled by uncertainty and changing restrictions during the pandemic needed to keep everyone safe.

With the new government guidelines for opening up town centres there is hope that businesses can start to operate again and welcome back customers. There are however some public health restrictions still in place and not all businesses have suitable premises or locations to meet them. Some cafes whilst being able to have outdoor seating are on narrow pavements and therefore cannot do this and their customers want somewhere to eat and drink the refreshments.

Due to the generous offer from Sevenoaks District Council, Sevenoaks Town Council is able to create a Pop-Up Marketplace in the town centre which will enable traders to have pop up stalls, a pleasant seating and entertainment area. This will be open throughout May and June, Mondays to Saturdays. The project is also supported by the Sevenoaks Town Team.

In addition, it is planned to produce a map indicating take away outlets and green open spaces and seating areas available to the public. This is an ambitious timetable to get this in place for 1st May 2021 and the Town Council is grateful to local businesses and traders who are already offering their support with this initiative.

Linda Larter MBE
Chief Executive / Town Clerk
1st April 2021