January 7, 2012 BBC
A Staffordshire market’s trading loss has increased by more than half, council figures show.
It rose to more than £60,000 in 2010/11 for the Leek outdoor market, compared with about £40,000 in the previous year and more than £10,000 in 2008/09.
Every Wednesday 76 stalls are put up, but there are about 20 regular stall holders outdoors in Market Place.
Two indoor markets in the town, the Butter and Trestle markets, have fared much better and subsidise others, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council said.
The first Leek outdoor market of 2012 on Wednesday was cancelled on health and safety grounds due to high winds.
Asked what the problem was, the council’s markets manager David Murrell said he thought it was “a complex one” and there was “a national problem of a decline in traditional markets”.
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