A controversial crop of summer markets in Holt has been scrapped by the town council amid allegations of “verbal abuse and threats”.
With just over a week to go until the first of the markets on Fish Hill, Holt mayor Bryan Payne announced the decision to abandon the plan.
He said: “My councillors and officers have been subjected to verbal abuse and threats and I’m not going to allow that to continue.”
He said the local traders had failed to “see the bigger picture”, and added that the markets – scheduled to run every Friday from July 6 until the end of August – would have boosted trade in “one of the quieter areas of the town”.
The planned markets, which emerged from the £30,000 Holt Vision study as one of a host of ideas to boost the Georgian town, sparked a storm among traders in the Bull Street and Fish Hill areas.
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