April 27, 2012 Wigan Observer
TOWN HALL chiefs have been accused of ‘strong-arming’ struggling outdoor market traders.
Some stall holders in Ashton have complained about a letter which warns of action including eviction if they fail to regularly attend the market.
In the letter, markets office Phil Edge states that the council have noted that some traders haven’t attended “on a regular basis for some time.”
And they have left stock in the lock up units which is preventing them being re-let.
They have been given until Saturday to return the keys to the Market or face having the locks changed and their remaining goods disposed of.
Coun Don Hodgkinson said that stallholders who received the letter were “very upset.”
He said that some market traders who had been targeted for the communication had a genuine reason for not being able to guarantee 100 per cent attendance.
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