RHYL market could offer free stalls for residents to help kick start their own businesses.
Denbighshire Council is looking to offer ten stalls to up and coming businessmen and women rent free for eight weeks in a bid to encourage entrepreneurship.
The twice-weekly market is held in the High Street on Thursdays and Saturdays and in October last year was made a permanent fixture in the town.
West Rhyl councillor Ian Armstrong, who has previously worked as a market trader, said the plan was a good idea.
He said: “It could help some local people set up a business.
“It would give them the opportunity to try all sorts of things. I think we should give it a try.
“It could really help some up and coming business people.”
Tracy Crowe, of Blooming Lovely, a flower stall on the market, said: “It is a brilliant idea. I think it will give a lot of people a great chance to start up.”
Aaron Griffith, who works on the CD stall in the town, said: “I think it’s a good idea if it is implemented in the right way. My fear is that someone might open a stall selling the same thing as me.
“If new traders come here they should sell things different to everyone else.
“The market could be brilliant – hopefully it will keep the town alive.”
A report to the council’s licensing committee is recommending the plans are adopted at a meeting today (Wednesday).
It says: “Officers have been working closely with Denbighshire Voluntary Service Council and are pleased to report that a Service Level Agreement has been drawn up for DVSC to manage and promote 10 stalls which would be offered to the community.
“Prospective stallholders will have the use of a stall free of charge for up to eight weeks.
“Thereafter, if their enterprise is successful they may apply to rent a stall on a permanent basis.”
It is part of a range of new conditions and a new fee structure to be imposed on the market and if approved would start on April 1 for an initial 12 month trial.