December 24, 2011 The Citizen
LONG standing operators of Gloucester farmers’ market claim they have been “brushed aside” after the contract was given to another firm.
Clare and Kardien Gerbrands have organised the market at the Cross every Friday for eight years until now.
They said a minor administration error has cost them the tender and it will be under new ownership from January 2012.
The pair said their submission failed to state ‘Gloucester Farmers’ Market tender’ on the envelope to Gloucester City Council and the application was disqualified.
Mr Gerbrands said: “This has left a bad taste in my mouth, we expected more support from the council.
“They were the ones who called us in the first place to help with the market as there were only six stalls back in 2003. Now we’ve got a couple of dozen.”
He added: “After eight years it feels like we have just been brushed aside.”
A council spokesman said there was a competitive tendering process. “A new operator was appointed and will take over the operation in the New Year. Gloucester can look forward to the continued success of this popular market attraction,” he said. The new operator will be Grenchurch Ltd, which runs the market in King’s Square, and its first market at The Cross will be on January 6.
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