Would you like to see a regular farmer’s market in Halswell?
A few attempts have been made to get a Halswell Market off the ground. So far none have succeeded. Why? A number of reasons, probably.
1) Halswell faces some issues in having State Highway 75 running through the middle of it, and you can't run markets on or near this without being required to have traffic management (which costs thousands of dollars every time).
2) there is quite a bit of time and money involved in getting consent to run a market from the CCC. They have to be convinced that there is adequate parking and that the market will not represent a nuisance to the neighbours, wherever it is held.
3) it is not easy and is even more expensive to get consent to run a market on publically owned land.
As you can see there is quite a bit of work in sorting out these issues and on top of that getting consent as easily as possible is likely to cost in the region of $4000-$5000, so, if we are going to have a go at this, we really want to know if the market will fly and what sort of interest there is amongst Halswell residents. Of course our funders will want to know this too.
So, at this stage we are trying to get an idea of what people think about the idea, when the market should be and what people would like to buy there but running a short (5-10 minute) survey asking those kinds of questions. The survey is also a place where you can offer help or indicate your interest in having a stall.
If you would like to see a market in Halswell, then you can help by clicking here and filling in the survey. Do it soon!