But these signs may soon be out of date as the Conservative controlled Staffordshire Moorlands District Council seems intent on doing all it can to destroy Leek’s historic outdoor Wednesday market.
A few years ago, we celebrated the 800th anniversary of the charter granted by King John to the Earl of Chester to hold a weekly Wednesday market in Leek’s Market Place.
The first market held under this 13th century charter was in 1207, making the Leek Charter Market one of the oldest in the country.
The cabinet member for markets, Waterhouses councillor Edwin Wain, made a decision to split Leek’s Charter Market last December as part of a year long trial.
It left a pathetic collection of stalls relegated to the bottom of the traditional cobbled Market Place as several regular traders quit their long established pitches, fed up with being hidden from passing trade by cars on the Market Place.
These traders’ takings dropped by half, while the cars parked at the top of the Market Place on a Wednesday netted the district council a paltry £50 in parking fees each week.
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