May 18, 2012 Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express
Traders are angry at a decision by council bosses to close South Elmsall market during the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday.
The stall and shop keepers on the Barnsley Road market have been ordered by Wakefield Council to close shop on Tuesday, June 5.
The decision has shocked the traders who were able to trade on Good Friday and during the Royal Wedding celebrations.
Sweet shop owner Trisha Wilson said: “I’ve worked on this market for 22 years and we’ve never had to close for events like this
“We’re all willing to work on a day that we could get a lot of trade with people being off work and having street parties. Trade is bad enough in this current climate and being self-employed we are losing a day of income.”
The decision comes amid long discussions with the council to hand the market over to the Town Centre Partnership (TCP) and South Elmsall Town Council.
It also follows an announcement by the market’s Cards for All that the shop is being closed down.
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