SERVING THE NATION’S TRADERS SINCE 1922 JUNE 23 - JULY 6, 2017 No “spreading” says council

Angry stallholders in a Staffordshire town have called on the district council to help save their market from possible closure, local media has reported. Frustrations surfaced

earlier this month when, not for the first time, a number of stalls in Leek’s Trestle Market remained empty. According to stallholders,

soon after 9am they began to spread their goods over some of the vacant stalls to help make the Butter Market hall look fuller and give a good impression to visitors. Traders claim the move

was prompted by numerous enquiries from customers over recent weeks about the number of vacant stalls and whether the market was closing down. But a little while later a council official arrived at the market and instructed them to remove their goods from the vacant stalls and leave them standing empty. Stephen Kidwel l , who

has been selling china at the market for the last 35 years, told local media: “The council is killing the market as nothing is being done. Customers keep asking if we are closing. Trade is really down during the last six months. “We try to make the market

look attractive and busy by spreading out. But it seems to me that the district council does not want the market.” Lisa Burdett, who runs a jewellery stall, said: “I was

told to get all my goods off a vacant stall. “We spread it around after

9am, when we know that no more traders are coming, to make the whole site look good. “I was very shocked by the

action of the council official when we are trying our best to improve the situation. This has upset everyone.” Book seller Roy Bennett

claims the council officer was actually very discourteous to the stallholders. He said: “We all thought

that after 9am we can spread over the vacant stalls to make the market look full and vibrant as people are complaining to us all the time.” Phil Barlow, who runs a

health food stall, agreed that trade was down at the market and said the stallholders were simply attempting to make the best of things. “We are just trying to make

it look better,” he explained. “People are being driven away by the large number of vacant stalls. “Many have packed up and

the council will not discuss the issue with us.” Plant seller Anthony

Beardmore added that everyone thought they were allowed to spread out after 9am. He said: “People are asking

why so many tables are empty. We are not robbing the council by spreading out, we are trying to encourage people.

The Butter Market in Leek, where the town’s Trestle Market also takes place (Photo: Alan Feebery)

Borough Market reopens

Hundreds gathered on Wednesday June 14 in a poignant show of defiance as Borough Market reopened for business less than two weeks after terrorists left eight people dead and many badly hurt in a van and knife attack. At 9.30am the market fell silent for one minute in honour

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of those killed and injured in the June 3 atrocity. Many were visibly upset as

they linked arms in a show of solidarity, while others wore t-shirts emblazoned with the message ‘We Are Family’ alongside the Borough Market logo and date of the attack. In a moving speech, Chair

of Borough Market trustees Donald Hyslop said the opening marked the beginning of a “healing process” for the community.

“London is open, Borough

Market is open,” he said. “This is our market. This is your market. “It is essential for the wellbeing of everyone associated with Borough Market that we return to at least a semblance of normality as soon as we can. “Thank you for being here

today and thank you for bringing the summer sunshine with you.” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “There are mixed feelings

at Borough Market today. “Our thoughts are with

those who lost their lives and were injured. “There are traders who lost business. “Come to Borough Market,

buy their things and support these traders” A trader support fund has

been set up to help those who suffered financially because of the closure, and some opening hours have been extended to further help businesses.

Opening Times: The Market Hall

Monday to Saturday, 8am to 5pm. Stall opening times vary. Wilko

Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm. Sunday, 10.30am to 4.30pm. T.K. Maxx

Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm. Sunday, 11am to 5pm. (Times subject to change).



Enjoy a wonderful shopping experience in its beautiful Victorian Covered Market, Arcade Shops and T.K. Maxx & Wilko Stores.

“The market needs more stall-holders. There has got to be flexibility or the market will close. “There is no encouragement to the businesses.” However, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

responded to the comments by pointing out that traders spreading their goods onto tables that have not been paid for is against the rules. In a statement to local

media a spokesman for the authority said: “The

allegations regarding the member of staff is being formally investigated. “The practice of spreading

is the use of unoccupied market stalls by market traders without charge, which is allowed only with prior authorisation from the council. “Although it is accepted

that spreading can give the perception of a fuller market, it is not a sustainable or fin a n c ia ll y v ia ble arrangement. “Consistent with the council’s outdoor market operations, the practice of spreading is not permitted in the trestle market and the trestle market traders are expected to pay in advance for the stalls which are used and occupied. “On Wednesday, May 31,

five normally licenced trestle tables were unoccupied due to trader absences. “Currently, from a total

of 32 available pitches, the number of trestle tables formally un-let is six. “Recruiting new traders

and customers for Leek markets is an ongoing focus for the council.”

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