April 5, 2012 Halesowen News
BUSINESS leaders in Halesowen are opposing plans to extend the street market to every Saturday, fearing it will hit retail sales and stop special events in the town centre.
Chamber of Trade members are worried it will become a general market – and claim current restrictions are being flouted with fewer farmers’ and craft stalls.
Cornbow Shopping Centre manager Eve O’Connor reported to members at their last meeting that an inventory revealed 26 general stalls had been noted.
The market has permission for 25 farmers’ and craft stalls plus 10 general stalls, but she said goods being sold included copy sunglasses and CDs.
Chairman Steve Fitzpatrick said Halesowen was not a market town and whereas a farmers’ market would attract people in to buy quality produce and then visit shops, general market stalls could take trade away from retailers.
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