MARKET traders in Dorchester have been granted a temporary reprieve from the threat of closure.
Stallholders at Cornhill Market at the top of South Street have been told that the proposals that would have seen them close in 2014 have now been deferred.
Traders were outraged after learning that plans to cease trading at the market were being discussed at a closed meeting of West Dorset District Council’s Dorchester markets informal joint panel last week.
A report considered by the panel claimed the Cornhill Market ‘did not add to the street scene of South Street or the shopping experience’.
Traders have now been told by the council that the plans were not being discarded but deferred while the council looks to bring in consultants and possibly work with the Dorchester BID (Business Improvement District) to develop a vision for South Street.
FURIOUS traders are fighting secret council plans to close a Dorchester market that has been running for centuries.
They claim a report calling for the end of the Cornhill market in 18 months’ time is a bombshell that would ruin them.
Traders say the move would breach a borough charter dating from the 1600s that grants a market on the South Street site.
The report also calls for the axing of visiting markets further along South Street including farmers’ markets and speciality French and Tunisian markets.
Exceptions would be made for markets on Christmas Cracker Night and Dorchester carnival.
The report, by West Dorset District Council property and facilities manager Rosie Darkin, was due to be considered by the Dorchester Markets Informal Joint Panel on Wednesday afternoon.
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