People are being asked for their views on proposals to re-establish an outdoor weekly market in Cockermouth.
Allerdale council has launched a public consultation into the plan with people invited to submit comments through an online survey.
The authority hopes that relaunching an outdoor market would provide a valuable local service to residents, provide an additional business opportunity for local market traders, provide new entrepreneurs with a low-cost option to trade and additional reasons for tourists to visit.
Mike Johnson, council leader, said: “Markets can play a key role in creating additional vibrancy in our town centres and are also a great platform for new local businesses to take their first steps.
“As outlined in our 10-year council strategy, it is the ambition of the council to introduce new outdoor markets in the borough and we’re now officially starting the process of exploring reintroducing a market in Cockermouth.
“I’d encourage as many people as possible in the town to have their say and let us know what they think.”
People can take part in the consultation at https://rebrand.ly/cockermouthmarket with a deadline for responses the end of the day on Friday, June 25.
It has been several years since a weekly, outdoor market has been held in the town although recently the 800th anniversary of Cockermouth being granted a royal market charter was celebrated as part of a ceremony organised by the town’s civic trust.
The council is planning to hold Taste Cumbria food festival in Cockermouth between September 24 and 26.