January 4, 2012 Stockport Express by Alex Scapens
Stockport Farmers’ Market will move out of the town centre after a row over advertising.
Organisers spent £1,500 on direction signs believing it was a legitimate way to entice people to the monthly event. They were temporarily put up for a few days before October’s market – helping to boost visitor numbers. But council officers say the signs break planning rules and if they reappear, farmers market manager Andrea Munro could be prosecuted for fly-posting.
The next event will next now take place at Woodford Community Hall on February 12.
Trader Simon Orman, from Simon Orman’s Butchers, said: “We wanted to attract a few different people in and Andrea is full of energy and enthusiasm, she should be the sort of person you want to encourage.
“The council is very proud of Stockport’s heritage but then shoots itself in the foot.
“There are so many alternative places to go but when the signs went up for the October market that was the busiest one.
“We understand local authorities don’t have the budget to advertise on our behalf but when someone shows initiative and then is aggressively pursued it sends out the wrong message.”
The farmers’ market, which has many of the same traders that appear at the normal market through the week, was held once a month on a Sunday in the covered hall.
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