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Shoppers in a Lincolnshire town are being urged to support their market after very few stalls have been set up since Christmas. On different days people


have seen just one stall in Sleaford, and on one market day there was only a car parked at the site advertising a competition. Residents of the town have reportedly said they would like to see the market thrive and would feel sad if it had to shut down completely. Sleaford business owner


Wendy Hanslip told local media: “There has just been a cake stall there. We do have the flower man but he goes from after Christmas until about March. “We have a beautiful town


and people don’t appreciate it. When you don’t come from here, you see how beautiful it is.”


She said she thought people would be sad if the market ended, and suggested that if the stalls were provided by Sleaford Town Council it might help attract more people. Ms Hanslip added: “You


go to other places and the stalls are set up for them. “Half of the vans are taken


up by tables and gazebos so they can’t bring as much stuff to sell. Something needs to be done.” Lee Taylor, who owns a


shop in the town, said he had also noticed the lack of stalls at the market. He told local media: “I


have gone past it walking to work and it does seem quite sparse compared to last year. The last time I went past there was a competition to win a car and that was all I saw. “You have to pay for the


spot and a gazebo yourself. With how small the market is you are not really going to take that much money.” Mr Taylor said that the market brought shoppers into the town, and that in turn helped the other traders in Sleaford. He added: “There are not enough retail units as it is and the Market Place is an alternative. It would improve the town if something was done to bring it back. “I would be disappointed if


it went as I go round it and so do a few of my customers.” The market was formerly


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run by North Kesteven District Council, but is now overseen by the town council, which took over responsibility for it. Sleaford Town Councillor


Adrian Snookes told local media: “We do get new stall holders coming along – we had a new clothes stall recently. “We lost the man who sells vegetables as he sold up and retired. We understand the person who bought it will start, but nobody has come since Christmas. “If you don’t support the mar k et then you


are going to lose i t.” Mr Snookes is also keen


to see more new traders to come to Sleaford to improve the offer for local shoppers. “We have the cheapest


MARKET TRADER, FEBRUARY 15 - 28, 2019 Support needed for ailing market


Sleaford (Photo: Dave Hitchborne)


market in the area,” he said, “it’s not expensive to put up a stall. There is also an offer where you buy one and get one free. “It has always been my


dream to see the market grow. The market, the future of


which appears to hang in the balance, is held on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.


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