December 30, 2011 Edenbridge Courier
THE new owner of the market in Edenbridge has hit back at rumours about its closure.
Market traders had told of their anger after hearing news of potential rent hikes and that the market would be closed by its new owners.
However, new owner Nick Hobday slammed the talk of closure, blaming it on a “disgruntled former employee”.
He said: “The market will continue and rumours that it is closing are not true.”
Mr Hobday did say he would be looking to get all market stall holders on the same tariff, however.
He added: “At the moment they are on different rates but we want to try and get them the same – something like £3.50 per sq ft a day.
“For most, that will be £25 a day – pretty cheap, I’d say.”
Mr Hobday’s Wendy Fair Markets was announced as the winning bidder after Rodney Earl bowed out of contention in November, following 25 years in charge.
The business also runs Wednesday markets in Sevenoaks and Swanley.
Wendy Fair Markets, based in West London, is set to take over in the new year but some traders told the Courier they were planning a walk-out because of the price hikes.
Matt Russley, who sometimes works on a stall selling secondhand items, said: “I think we’d seriously think about leaving next year if prices went up any more.
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