February 29, 2012 The Advertiser
A stallholder has been barred from trading at Hitchin Market after speaking out about the location of the market.
Hitchin Markets Ltd (HML) has terminated Jill Lesnick’s trading licence after her husband Malcolm, who works with her, told the Advertiser that his Tuesday trade was dying.
The children’s ware seller said the market needed to be moved to Market Place and the High Street to emulate the success in other market towns he works at – a view that has divided traders since we ran the story.
But last week Mrs Lesnick, whose name is on the couple’s market trading licence, received a letter from HML giving her notice of its termination.
And despite leaving messages for HML, she says she has not yet been given an explanation of why the decision was taken.
“Not only have they terminated my licence without giving me a reason but I am very disappointed that many of the other market traders knew they were terminating my licence before I did,” she said.
“My family combined have worked for more than 200 years on this market. All I want to do is stay in Hitchin and work my salt.
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