New country market planned for Cupar

Ferguson Square, Cupar.

Ferguson Square, Cupar.

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CUPAR could soon have a new country market, if ambitious plans come to fruition.

The venture is being spearheaded by Cupar Muir woman Amanda Fawzi, who wants to set up the market in Ferguson Square.

She told the Fife Herald: “The idea is to start a weekly market on Saturday mornings by April or May next year.

“There wouldn’t really be any restrictions — it could be food, drink, clothing, hand-produced items — but we hope to offer quality things that aren’t already available in the town.”

One example given by Ms Fawzi of what might be on sale at the 14-stall market is excess fruit and veg rejected by supermarkets.

She went on: “There used to be a culture of people shopping at markets and we’d like to bring that back.”

Ms Fawzi is in the process of seeking funding to help get the project off the ground.

She said the feedback received so far had been ‘positive’.

Ferguson Square is currently occupied by Argos, Cupar Tearoom, Williams McRae solicitors and Sco Dot Biz computer repairs, as well as Cupar in Bloom displays and a community noticeboard.

Cupar councillor Margaret Kennedy welcomed the plans for a new market in the town.

She said: “I support activities which will draw people into the centre of town.

“Hopefully this market will, as explained, be complementary to the businesses already present.

“I always feel that we can achieve our aims if the businesses and the wider community work together — in other words, creating a shopping experience for mutual benefit.”

Ms Fawzi would like to hear from anyone interested in becoming involved with the market, or who would like to offer feedback.

She can be e-mailed at cuparcountrymarket@hotmail.co.uk