February 9, 2012 Bakewell Today
PROPOSALS to hike up weekly rents for market traders and close the “unofficial” Saturday market in Matlock have been recommended by Derbyshire Dales District Council.
The decisions were announced as part of a major review by the council to “increase the efficiency” of the markets at Matlock, Wirksworth, Bakewell and Ashbourne.
Following the in-depth study, the council has drawn up a list of recommendations, including a move away from traders’ cash payments for rent in favour of a direct debit system, improvements to all market signage to ensure shoppers are aware, and to encourage ‘casual’ traders – who pay less than licensed traders – to sign up to become fully-licensed to aid the stability of the markets.
But a move to hike up fees and shut down Saturday’s stalls has attracted criticism.
Paul Bestwick, who runs PB Bargains, has spoken out before and admits he was not surprised by the latest news.
He said: “They just do not want us here. By what they are doing, it’s basically saying they want rid of us.”
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