April 19, 2012 Express & Star By Andrew Turton
Proposals for a weekly Saturday market in Halesowen have been thrown out amid fears it would harm trade and force shops to shut.
Traders, councillors and bosses at the town’s Cornbow Shopping Centre objected to plans to hold a farmers, craft and general market on town centre streets each Saturday.
At present a 35-stall market is held on alternate Saturdays. But operator Steve Evans felt a weekly event would help establish the market as a regular shopping destination.
However, Dudley Council’s licensing sub-committee decided to refuse Mr Evans’ application at a hearing yesterday. Sub committee chairman Councillor Alan Taylor said present frequency of the market, which can be held up to three times a month, gave a “balance” for the community and for shoppers.
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