March 21, 2012 View Online News By Chris Denne
Bridport’s monthly vintage market has been shelved for the rest of the year.
Clive Hayward, the joint owner of St Michael’s Trading Estate, said the decision would not be reversed until redevelopment of the area had taken place.
The businessman announced the market was being suspended at a public meeting held by Enterprise St Michael’s in the Town Hall.
The group is fighting an application by Hayward and Co to redevelop the vintage quarter and the estate with mixed housing and trading units.
Mr Hayward refused to be drawn on whether the opposition to the controversial planning application had influenced the decision.
He said: “The decision has not been entirely taken because of the planning application.
“We made our position clear in terms of [the vintage market’s] longevity with the local authority and there’s no reason why it couldn’t run in future if redevelopment took place.
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