View from Online By Trevor Bevins.
Dorchester’s historic Cornhill Market has been saved from closure.
Councillors had threatened to shut it down saying that it added nothing to the street scene and often looked untidy.
Now the market traders will work together in a co-operative taking over the running of the market themselves – securing its future.
The move will mean less income for West Dorset District Council and Dorchester Town Council, who share responsibility, but the expected £13,000 drop could be made up, wholly or partially, by savings in administrative costs.
Chair of the newly formed Dorchester branch of the National Market Traders Federation, Rowena Evans, said she now has high hopes for the future: “We want to make it a market which people talk about and want to come and see.”
She and her fellow market traders are now hoping to ask additional traders to join them – although the market is limited to around a dozen pitches.
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