December 09, 2011 Faversham Times
TRADERS at a popular Faversham market could be forced to shut up shop, after councillors accused them of swiping town centre trade.
The stall-holders at Macknade Collectors Village are rallying against the town council’s opposition to retrospective planning permission for the former farm buildings at the Selling Road site, after they were told the stalls and shops could diminish the vitality of the town centre.
A petition against the decision was started in November, and gained more than a thousand signatures from customers in just 20 days.
Based in the hop shed at Macknade Fine Foods, the co-operative market is a tight-knit community of independent traders, with 14 shops selling antiques and collectables, among other goods.
But they say they will be forced to leave the site if planning permission is not granted.
At the town council meeting in October, councillor Shiel Campbell said she encouraged the enterprise and didn’t think town centre trade would be affected, but a majority of councillors voted to oppose the plans.
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