Sutton residents are being invited to help to re-establish the once-popular traders’ market in Rosehill by getting involved in a crowd-funding project with a target of just over £25,000.
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. A target of just over £25,000 is being set for the project through the Spacehive crowd-funding website. As part of this, the Association has also applied to the Greater London Authority for a grant from the Mayor of London's High Street Fund for some of the funds needed.
It’s hoped the Rosehill Traders Market project will bring vibrancy and prosperity back to the Rosehill area by attracting shoppers to the area, by providing business and local employment opportunities, and in helping to bring the community together.
It will establish 11 uniform market stalls including 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 run an advertising campaign to promote the business opportunities on the market.
Cllr Jean Crossby, Liberal Democrat Chair of the St Helier, Sutton Council’s Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee, said: “Residents, visitors and businesses are being invited to make a pledge towards this really worthwhile project as it will galvanise the local community. The more the Rosehill Traders Association raise, the sooner the project can begin.”
Should the crowd-funding appeal be successful, the Rosehill Traders Association hopes to launch the market on 20 November 2015, alongside the Rosehill Christmas Festival and the switch on of the Christmas lights. Initially the market will operate weekly, and once established twice a week.
The crowd-funding deadline is 30 September 2015. To see more about the project, visit https://spacehive.com/rosehillmarket.