December 18, 2011 Bakewell Today
Stallholders have slammed plans to review Matlock’s market.
Traders say urgent action is needed to ensure the future of the town’s ailing market – and Derbyshire Dales District Council is carrying out a major review.
But the council’s proposals – which include raising fees and scrapping the Saturday market – have been blasted as “unhelpful” and a “step backwards.”
Paul Bestwick, of PB Bargains, said: “The rents can’t go up, that would be totally wrong.
“I can’t understand why they would want to get rid of the Saturday market either.
“It’s a busy day and brings in money for the council. It would be a step backwards.”
At a meeting in Matlock last month councillors drew up a list of ideas for the Dales markets.
These include improving signage for Bakewell market, continuing the incentive scheme for new traders to encourage business start-ups, keeping the markets in their current locations and offering traders subsidised parking permits for market days.
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