A Stratford businessman has attacked the district council over the way it handle’s the town’s markets, claiming that they are not giving rate-paying businesses a chance.
Dave Matthews, who runs Magic Alley in Bell Court, believes the council has created an unfair playing field where rate-paying businesses on Waterside and Henley Street are struggling to compete with the markets on those streets.
Dave said: “Stratford District Council are guilty of perpetuating the Amazon effect, the market operator LSD pay rates for Rother Street but not for Henley Street or Waterside where they hold markets, yet the businesses down there do, it’s not a level playing field.
“If a market stall is selling confectionary outside a confectioners or food outside a business selling food, yet the market is not paying rates, how it that fair? How can they allow it?
“It’s not giving businesses in town a chance.
“I’m not against markets at all, I actually started working on a market stall, however they need to add to the town rather than detract from it and we simply have too many markets that are not specialised enough.
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