By Emily Roberts
TRADERS at Basingstoke’s market are fuming after being pushed aside to make way for a farmers’ market once a month.
Stallholders, some of whom have been trading in the town for over 30 years, have now started a petition, calling for a rethink, which they will submit to the borough council. It has already attracted 200 signatures.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has been in negotiations with Hampshire Farmers’ Markets, a not-for-profit organisation, to bring a regular market back to the Top of The Town once a month.
But stallholders at the weekly Saturday market have now received a letter from the council informing them that when the farmers’ market is in town on the last Saturday of the month, they will not be able to trade alongside them.
The letter stated: “We regret that this will result in the Saturday traders losing a day’s trading in Basingstoke.”
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