June 9, 2012 The Sentinel
AN HISTORIC market could be relocated from its home of more than 800 years in a bid to attract more trade.
The cobbled Market Place in Leek has been the centre of the town’s market trade since medieval times.
Now Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has revealed proposals to relocate the weekly Wednesday market to Derby Street.
Stallholders have welcomed the switch but traditionalists believe it should stay put.
Forty-eight-year-old Marguarite Molloy who has run a stall on the market for six years, said: “I think most people welcome this move. There will be more trade and it is in a better area with more shoppers.”
The authority has revealed that cash generated from the outdoor market has been in sharp decline with income falling from £60,000 in 2007 to £35,000 last year.
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