The resort’s Festival Market on Marine Road Central is just the latest in the area to encounter
difficulties. Lancaster Market closed altogether and the West End Market is under threat.
The council issued the notices to Festival Market traders due to issues with rent arrears.
But one Festival Market trader told the Visitor: “It looks like they are strategically trying to close it.”
Lancaster City Council cabinet is due to meet next Tuesday (October 9) to discuss the market’s future.
A councillor said the meeting was “totally unconnected” to the rent issues.
Traders said a washout summer has affected the takings for many and caused arrears to stack up.
They also blamed the council, owners of the market, for changing payment methods for stall holders. Instead of handing over the rent at the market,
traders now have to pay at the Post Office, which had caused problems for some who found it difficult to get away from their stalls.
Daily charges for traders range between £17.25 and £22.25 per day for shops and between £14 and £22 per day for stalls.
“A lot of us are trying desperately to pay our arrears and it is such a shame,” said a trader.
“The council should be behind us.”
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