An appeal to raise nearly £25,000 to re-establish the once popular traders market in Rosehill has just three days in which to reach its target.
Cllr Jean Crossby, Liberal Democrat Chair of the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee, has sent out an urgent appeal to local businesses and residents to help raise the final £2,000 needed.
She said: “We’ve had tremendous backing from a whole range of donors, but need that final push to reach our target.”
The Rosehill Traders Association has been given assistance through Opportunity Sutton, the council-backed support programme for local business, to set up the borough's first-ever community-led funding application. The money is being raised through the Spacehive crowd-funding website.
It’s hoped the Rosehill Traders Market project will bring vibrancy and prosperity back to the Rosehill area by attracting shoppers, by providing business and local employment opportunities, and in helping to bring the community together.
It will establish 11 uniform market stalls including one for the only existing market trader, and provide essential equipment which will be stored locally and rented to traders at low cost.
The funding will also enable the Rosehill Traders Association to subsidise pitch fees for 12 weeks, as well as running an advertising campaign to promote the business opportunities on the market.
Cllr Crossby said: “We need to raise the rest of the money by Saturday, and it looks like being a close-run thing. However the support we’ve already had convinces me we can do it.”
If the appeal is successful, the Rosehill Traders Association hopes the market will be launched in December 2015 alongside the Rosehill Christmas Festival and Christmas Lights Switch On, and will operate weekly, and once established twice-weekly. To see more about the project and fro donate, visit https://spacehive.com/rosehillmarket.