by Danielle Thompson
ORMSKIRK’S historic market could see more traders pulling out unless the council agrees to reforms to the way they are charged.
That’s the claim of a member of the Market Traders Committee who says they were ‘misled’ over plans to axe so-called ‘build-out’ fees where traders are charged extra for using additional space surrounding their stalls to display their wares.
A West Lancs Council cabinet meeting last night (Tuesday, November 12) was due to consider extending a 12-month freeze on market stall rent instead of acceding to a request by the traders to remove the additional space charges.
However, traders say that they had already been offered a freeze and claim they were promised that ‘build-out’ charges would be discussed.
Ormskirk market has more than 100 stalls available to rent and it currently costs traders between £25.30 and £27.80 per session. If they use additional space in front of their stalls, additional charges of £4.50 per day on Aughton Street or £2.25 per day on Moor Street are applicable.
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