February 16, 2012 Leatherhead Advertiser
MARKET traders believe the new year has brought a new start to their previously troubled relationship with the council.
Last year the Advertiser reported how stall-holders at the Friday Market in St Martin’s Walk, Dorking, united againstMole Valley District Council’s (MVDC) plan to close the market during January this year.
The closure, which was planned to allow the council to “revitalise” the market, was cancelled due to the traders’ protests.
Fruit and Veg seller Bill Westley said: “We have had a very successful January and for that we are thankful to our loyal customers who have stuck by us.
“It wasn’t just the idea that the market was going to be closed, it was the way the council went about their business; it seemed like they had already made up their minds and we were the last to know.
“So, it was a very rocky end to 2011, but I think the council have realised we actually know what we are talking about and have started the year by working with us, which has made everyone feel more positive.”
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