February 1, 2012 Ashbourne News Telegraph By Natalie Wakefield
A TRIPLE-whammy has hit Ashbourne’s beleaguered market traders.
Just hours after the News Telegraph exclusively revealed the market could close following a district council review, market stalls were stolen from a depot in Mayfield Road.
And, to compound the problems faced by stall-holders, Derbyshire Dales District Council and Ashbourne Town Council have yet to agree on a move to allow traders access to the town hall toilets as public loos in Union Street are set to close.
In a bid to find 20 per cent efficiency savings across markets managed by the district council, a review into those at Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirskworth was undertaken by councillors and officers at the behest of the overview and scrutiny committee.
Recommendations from the review, including the closure of Ashbourne’s Thursday market, were discussed at a meeting last week and will now go before the partnership and regeneration committee where further public consultations will be held before any action is taken.
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