Visitors to a town's market are being asked for their opinion, as councillors reassess its operation.

Copeland Borough Council wants to know the public's thoughts on Whitehaven Market, as its closure during lockdown has sparked a discussion about its dwindling numbers over the years.

Copeland Mayor, Mike Starkie, said: "We were of course forced to suspend Whitehaven market in light of the health crisis. But before we look to reopening it as before, we want to explore whether there might be ways of making the market more attractive, and more sustainable, going forward.

"Times change, and it might be that we need to look at new ways of operating the market too.

"We're asking people what would attract them to shop at a market, whether products and location are important, and whether they want to see larger, seasonal events.

"This information will help us decide the best way forward."

The council has launched a survey, asking people how they would like to see the market develop in the future, and is open to all until midnight on August 30.

To take part in the five-minute survey, visit

Alternatively, email for a hard or printable copy of the questions.

Printed copies should be returned to Andrew Clarke at Copeland Borough Council, Market Hall, Market Place, Whitehaven CA28 7JG.