In January 2016, Telford & Wrekin Council released a budget consultation based on a number of proposed cuts to services for 2016-17. One of the proposals was that Telford & Wrekin Council would no longer run the Borough markets in Madeley, Hadley, Dawley, Oakengates, Newport and Ironbridge.
This proposal was approved by Councillors in March 2016 and we have since been working in partnership with Town and Parish Councils and market traders in order to secure alternative arrangements for the future of the markets in the Borough Towns.
It was decided that, due to falling numbers of traders and high running costs, monthly outdoor markets in Newport and Ironbridge would not re-open in 2016.
In July 2016, Oakengates Town Council assumed responsibility for running the weekly Saturday market in Oakengates.
Great Dawley Town Council assumed responsibility for running the weekly High Street market on Fridays in Dawley from 1 December 2016.
Sites at Hadley and Madeley are not run by Town or Parish Councils but continue to operate for existing traders under individual Street Trading Consent. Telford & Wrekin Council has worked closely with existing traders to support them to secure Street Trading Consent so that they can continue to trade in Madeley and Hadley.
The popular weekly Sunday car boot sale in Wellington is now closed for the winter season.