March 26, 2012 Louth Target
A MARKET trader fears stall-holders will be left running the district’s markets following plans to change them.
Last month, East Lindsey District Council announced plans to revitalise the markets the council runs, including standard stall sizes, canopies and pitch hire charges and relaxing competition rules.
But since a meeting in February, one market trader is getting frustrated with the lack of consultation between the council and traders.
Alan Grant who runs a greetings card stall at both Louth and Horncastle markets said: “I think traders are going to be left running the markets themselves. With the possible loss of a market superintendent, if there is a massive problem who is going to sort it out? Why should it be up to traders to call the council? There is no market in the county that does not have a market superintendent.
“Also if any traders want to pay by cheque for their pitch who do they give it to if there is no superintendent. Not all traders are going to want to pay by monthly direct debit. If it is being passed to the Street Scene team, how much time are they going to be on the market if they also have other responsibilities.”
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