No market stalls for traders as wind gusts ‘pose a significant risk’

Aylesbury Town Centre manager Diana Fawcett says the decision 'was not taken lightly'
Aylesbury Town Centre manager Diana Fawcett says the decision 'was not taken lightly'
  • No stalls for Aylesbury’s Wednesday market due to high winds forecast
  • Met Office report wind gusts will reach over 48mph
  • Stalls can only withstand up to 35mph so will not be put up
  • Town centre management say decision ‘was not taken lightly’
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Forecasts of gusts reaching up to 48mph have resulted in the cancellation of stalls for Aylesbury market tomorrow.

The decision was taken by Aylesbury Town Centre management this afternoon following very high wind gust forecasts from the Met Office throughout Wednesday.

The market will still officially go ahead, but traders will only be able to sell from their vehicles as putting up the usual stalls in Market Square has been deemed ‘too dangerous’ for the public and stallholders.

Aylesbury Town Centre manager Diana Fawcett said the decision has not been taken lightly.

“We have been closely monitoring the wind gust forecast for tomorrow over the past two days and the forecast has remained consistent with very high wind gusts forecast during the day,” she said.

“The gust forecast is 35mph from stall erection time and not abating at all throughout the day, with the gusts picking up to 48mph in the afternoon. The stalls can take up to 35mph gusts with extra protection but it is not safe for either the public, traders or stall erectors to have stalls in gusts of over 48mph as this poses a significant risk to all.”

The stalls can take up to 35mph gusts with extra protection but it is not safe for either the public, traders or stall erectors to have stalls in gusts of over 48mph as this poses a significant risk to all.

Aylesbury Town Centre manager Diana Fawcett

Mrs Fawcett said the decision has been made now to allow traders sufficient time to prepare.

She added: “The market is still open and traders are very welcome to trade from their vehicles but we have had to make the difficult decision not to erect the stalls tomorrow.

“This is not a decision taken lightly but we have to be guided by the stall manufacturer and the weather forecast.”