by Monique Hall
ALMOST a hundred traders have signed a petition to stop the council investing in a German-style market claiming the funds should be spent on improving the current market and that visitors will be drawn away from the city centre.
Traders from a whole variety of stalls have backed the campaign which was launched shortly after St Albans district council announced it was planning to explore the option of a festive market.
The proposed event is poised to be positioned by the Cathedral and Vintry Gardens, prompting market sellers’ concerns that visitors will not spend as much time on St Peter’s Street, despite the council claiming they chose the location to be “close to the existing market”.
One unhappy market trader, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “The reason behind the petition is that it is going to affect our trade by people going down to the Cathedral and not coming back up to the normal market.
“If you think about it, if you park down there would you walk back up, especially if you are elderly? So that’s what we’re complaining about.”
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