THE WOMAN behind a vibrant independent market is set to breathe life back into a town’s outdoor hub.

The Rawtenstall two-day market, in Newchurch Road in the town centre, is in need of a revamp and council bosses say that the organisers behind the Clog Market, an independent space in Bank Street, could be the people to do it.

Admitting that things needed ‘doing differently’ if there was any hope in bringing the market back to its former glory, council leader Alyson Barnes announced plans for the partnership this week.

She said: “We want to see all our markets be vibrant, bustling venues that bring in local people as well as shoppers from far and wide.

“We have some excellent traders but clearly more needs to be done to achieve our ambitions. It will take time and it will need us to innovate and look at doing things differently.”

The council-run market has been subject to a competitive tender process over the last few months, but no firm proposals were made.

So when the council was approached by founder of the Clog Market, Jane Boys, a conversation began about the possibilities of the two working together.

Cllr Barnes said: “I am very pleased that we have come to a partnership agreement which will see the council continue to own the market but the day-to-day running will be taken on by the Clog Market management.

“It will be a 12-month pilot and proposals include creation of a new events space, a diverse programme of events and occasionally opening Friday and Sunday to complement the traditional Thursday and Saturday opening days.”

Final papers will go before the council next week.

Mrs Boys said: “I have met with the traders and we have had a productive meeting - everyone is very enthusiastic about the plan. I would very much be looking forward to play a role in reinvigorating the market.”