Angry traders are demanding the scrapping of a summer-long Friday market that they claim will “devastate” shops in Holt.
Shopkeepers on and around Bull Street and Fish Hill fear the combination of lost car parking spaces and added competition from market stall holders will heap pressure on them as they battle through the recession.
More than 350 petition signatures have been gathered in a last-ditch bid to head off the trial scheme, which will run at Fish Hill every Friday from July 6 until the end of August.
But, despite shop owners lobbying Monday’s Holt Town Council to make their views known, members decided to press on.
And council clerk Di Dann expressed surprised at the timing of the furore, saying that from last autumn the businesses could have put their views forward about the proposal, which is part of a £30,000 vision for Holt’s future.
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