February 8, 2012 The Advertiser
HITCHIN Market has scooped a national award for the second time in three years – but one stallholder says his trade is flagging and called for it to be moved to the High Street.
The market won the National Association of British Market Authorities’ Market of the Year 2012 award, which had been won previously in 2010.
But children’s wear seller Malcolm Lesnick said trade is dwindling for the regular traders, especially on a Tuesday, and the market should be moved to the High Street and Market Place to attract more custom.
He believes his view is shared by many traders, who have seen trade fall in Hitchin compared to other markets they work.
“The market is dead on a Tuesday,” said Mr Lesnick.
“Something needs to be done soon and the market should be in the centre of town.
“There is some resistance against the move but not from the proper traders like me who make their living from markets, who work different markets throughout the week and have seen their takings in Hitchin drop.
“In Chesham, we did a similar thing for a trial period and after six months the cooperative running it had £30,000 in the kitty.”
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