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FEATURES London Chat


Roger Mills’ regular round up of news stories from the capital


14 18 Market Reflections


Roger Mills’ unique perspective on current events within the markets industry


Coffee Break Corner Take a break and test your memory with our regular general knowledge quiz


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NEWS IN BRIEF - summary of current stories


Stallholders receive warning letters Reduced fees to remain


Big plans for historic market Council to bid for funding


Proposed changes to carrier bag charges Blow for florist’s shop


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A market in a Nor th Yorkshire seaside town is set to have its trading days cut as a council tries to find a compromise between the demands of stallholders and local businesses. Scarborough Borough councillors have voted unanimously to reduce the times of opening at Whitby Market from seven days a week to just Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, with a farmers’ market operating on Thursdays. On the remaining days concessions will be offered to local businesses to have seating within the town’s historic Market Place. During a recent meeting


Scarborough Council apologised to the more than 7,000 people who signed a petition last year asking to keep the market’s operating times as they were, as officers had incorrectly stated that only 700 had lent their name to it.


One of those addressing


the meeting was market trader Anne Marshall, who told the cabinet that any decision to reduce the number of days would have a detrimental effect on her livelihood. Mrs Marshall, who has been trading at the market since 2008, said: “This decision will decide whether I have a viable business and whether I can pay my mortgage and stay in Whitby.” Cllr Bill Chatt, portfolio


holder for public health and housing, said that balancing the conflicting wishes of the market traders and business owners had been a challenge, adding that the market had been mismanaged in the past by the council, which had led to issues. He described things as


having “just got out of hand”, moving from two market trading days, which was traditional, to more or less a seven day week. “We needed to bring it back,” he said. Cllr Chatt said the views


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and wishes of the market traders and local businesses were “chalk and cheese”, with businesses wanting the market to revert to its two- day schedule, and that the council’s proposals had been designed to try and find a balance. During the council’s consultation market traders reported “bullying” and “whispering campaigns” against them from businesses in the area, and one respondent claimed the council “was manipulated by organised lies” to make changes to the market’s operation, including appointing a new market supervisor. In contrast, local retailers described how frustrating it was trying to survive in such a tough economy with crippling business rates, then walking past the market and seeing stallholders selling very much the same items but without the rates and astronomical costs. As part of the decision, borough council officers will hold talks with Whitby Town Council about the future


Trading days restricted Whitby’s historic market place (Photo: ImGoingToAzerbaijan)


running of the market, and will also discuss what to do with the former Town Hall, which sits within the market place. The aim is to explore ways of securing funding for the


Grade II listed building so that it can be brought back into active use. The council will also look


at putting up new signs to the market, as well as


lighting and power points. The four concessions for


cafes are being advertised online, and are expected to bring in close to £25,000 a year for the authority.


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