Moving market could be a good solution

Chronicle editor Lindsay Chung applauds the relocation of the Ladysmith Farmers Market from First Avenue to Transfer Beach Park.

Kudos to the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce for listening to people who were unhappy with the location of the Ladysmith Make It, Bake It, Grow It Market and trying it in a new location.

The market’s First Avenue location reportedly frustrated some people, and although maybe attempting a new location could have taken place sooner, we’re happy the Chamber appears to be listening.

In August, the Chamber attempted to relocate the market to Rotary Peace Park — home of the Ladysmith Cenotaph — but the Rotary Club of Ladysmith denied the Chamber permission at an Aug. 22 Rotary Club meeting.

Venues considered as the “next best option” included Transfer Beach Park and Spirit Square at the Ladysmith Community Services Centre, Chamber manager Mark Drysdale noted at the time.

Last week, the market moved to Transfer Beach.

Drysdale says the move was well received by both vendors and the public.

“The parking is more than enough, we aren’t stopping traffic and everyone is happy to be there,” he writes in a letter to the editor.

This seems like a good solution and certainly a good thing to try for the rest of the market season. If you like the market in its new location or you have other suggestions, make sure you let the Chamber know.

The market runs Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. until Sept. 24.

It’s great for Ladysmith to have its own farmers market, but it really does need to be one that benefits everyone — especially residents and local business owners.                                               —Lindsay Chung