Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has appointed a new operator to run markets in Reigate & Redhill.
Three bidders took part in the tender with Tudor Markets emerging as the winner. The identity of the other bidders has not been disclosed.
Initially Tudor will focus on the Redhill market, which it will begin to operate from mid-July. This will be on the same Thursday – Saturday pattern as at present.
Tudor then has up to six months in which to also establish a monthly “general” market in Tunnel Road, Reigate. No information has yet been published on what stalls will feature, or the day of the week on which the market will take place.
A council spokesperson says that as well as the general markets in Reigate & Redhill, Tudor can also run up to 12 “specialist” markets a year in each location, if they wish.
There’s currently a farmers’ market in Reigate on the fourth Friday of each month, but the number of stalls has significantly reduced in recent years.
Earlier this month John McHenry, CEO of Tudor Markets, welcomed news of the company’s appointment:
“Tudor Markets are very pleased to have been appointed by Reigate and Banstead council to manage Redhill Town Centre Market and we look forward to starting the contract in July 2017.
We will begin by focusing on Redhill Town Centre market from July 2017 and will take on management of the Reigate Monthly Market later in the contract.
Redhill Market operates three days a week from Thursday to Saturday and we will be working with the Council and traders to deliver this commitment and to review opportunities to further refine the market offer over the longer term.”
Under the contract, Reigate & Banstead will pay a management fee to Tudor, whose duties will include collecting fees from stallholders and paying them over to the council.
Edited 28 Jun 2017 to state that Tudor will take over Redhill market from mid-July