Traders have delivered a stark warning that Stalham’s market will be dead by Christmas without urgent efforts to breathe life into it.
Ten years ago the Tuesday market was thriving with more than 100 stalls but since the arrival of Stalham’s Tesco store in 2002 the story has been one of steady decline to the position where there are just three stalls left.
The remaining stallholders have written to North Norfolk District Council urging it to introduce concessionary rents for casual traders to try to encourage them back.
They also want improved signage advertising the market and consideration given to a better location, possibly closing a section of the High Street to hold it there instead of the present car park at the top end of High Street.
They are being supported in their fight by MP Norman Lamb who has called for an urgent meeting between the traders and district and town council officials to look at options.
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