EAST Cambs Council says raising pitch fees for stall holders on Ely Market has had little of the negative impact predicted by traders.
Some traders insist it is a different story and say they are paying more than ever for a poor service.
The decision to introduce a £10 charge to erect stalls on the Saturday craft and farmers’ markets – and to withdraw the supply of stalls on Thursday markets – was made by the council in 2010.
Two years on and Tracy Harding, the council’s tourism and town centre leader, told the community and environment committee: “The withdrawal of stall hire on the Thursday market has had little impact and the market has maintained its 100 per cent occupancy rate.
“The farmers market continues to have an average of 90 per cent occupancy throughout the year allowing for the low season, which is expected due to the seasonality of produce.
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