PLANS to hold a farmers' market in Hartlepool will be discussed by councillors today.

There are two markets in the town, on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday's market stalls sell antiques, bric-a-brac and second-hand items, while the Thursday market is more traditional, selling new items and fresh produce.

Hartlepool Borough Council has approached Northern Dales Farmers Markets about the possibility of establishing a monthly farmers' market on the car park of Hartlepool Historic Quay.

It is hoped there would be up to 20 stalls, and it would operate on the second Saturday of the month.

A report to councillors said: "It is considered, due to the nature of goods to be sold, a monthly farmers' market may enhance goods available to market customers, and will not unduly affect the business of current market stallholders.

"A farmers' market may also help to enhance the profile of the quay and assist in securing out-of-town visitors, in addition to providing a beneficial additional service to Hartlepool residents."

If agreed, the market could begin trading early next year.