With the Exeter Farmers’ Market set to open in a week, the proposal to move it to another location came to a favorable resolution — thanks to the many who came out and spoke on the Farmers’ Market’s behalf, and showed that there are indeed people who care! From Seacoast Online:
Exeter selectmen vote to keep parkway open to farmers market
A major victory for the Exeter Farmers Market will provide another twist for travelers this summer.
The Board of Selectmen voted Monday night in favor of keeping the farmers market in Swasey Parkway.
Under the board’s plan, the current traffic pattern where Swasey Parkway is a northbound one-way road and Water Street a southbound one-way road will remain in effect.
However, every Thursday from May 5 until October, Swasey Parkway will be closed down from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., to accommodate the market.
On those days, northbound traffic will be advised to take Portsmouth Avenue and Epping Road. The Department of Public Works will be taking care of signage for this latest detour.
Going into Monday night’s meeting, it appeared to be a foregone conclusion the farmers market would have to relocate because of the new traffic pattern that went into effect to protect the deteriorating Norris Brook culverts under Water Street and Swasey Parkway.
However, after almost two hours of spirited back-and-forth among selectmen and about 30 business owners and farmers market supporters, no one could agree on the three possible relocation sites. Read more…