22 NEWS Blow for florist’s shop

The owners of a florist shop in West Yorkshire have been dealt a blow after a city council agreed that a flower trader could set up a market stall outside their premises. Gill Lambie and Suzanne Bower, owners of The Green Room Florists in Ilkley, fear the decision could prove devastating for their business. The pair told local media:

“We believe this decision by Bradford Council Markets Department is not only short sighted it is fundamentally wrong. No consideration or thought has been paid to the long-term gains versus losses to Ilkley town centre. “This action will almost

certainly see financial losses to our business, with the most likely outcome being a cease in trading. “Whilst this situation will be

personally devastating it will have wider consequences; an occupied shop in a prominent position on Brook Street car park will likely stand empty, adding to the two other retail units within the vicinity that have recently become unoccupied.

“The revenue gained from

the market stall occupied twice weekly, £21 a week, will pale into insignificance against the revenue lost in business rates though our inevitable closure. “Whilst competition is welcomed, Ilkley is not, and has never been, a market town. Allowing a trader to stand outside our business selling the same goods whilst incurring none of the overheads for such a prom- inent position is a disgrace. “Furthermore, we are

deeply saddened that the Government’s stance in supporting small business owners has been trampled over with such disregard.” The florists appealed to

local councillors for help in fighting the decision, but were informed by the markets department that the trader would be taking up the stall every week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, from March 23. Coullor Alex Ross-Shaw,

Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, told local media: “We believe the new market stall, which will also sell fresh fruit

and vegetables, will be an attractive addition to Ilkley town centre. “The introduction of the

Real Food Market in 2016 has been very successful and brings people into Ilkley. It shows the appetite for quality markets as an attraction for town centres and we are looking at ways of expanding the Ilkley Market. “Ilkley has a great

history of market trading. The market at South Hawksworth Street car park has been going in one form or another since 1972 and the town has a market charter dating back all the way to the 13th century. “The council cannot prevent businesses from trading on a market because similar products are already available from another retailer. “This would limit consumer choice and compromise competition. Small scale business like these bring choice and innovation to town and city centres while providing entrepreneurial opportunities for new and expanding businesses.”

Revamp for historic hall Newport’s historic market hall (Photo: Jonathan Billinger)

New plans will see an indoor market in a Shropshire town refurbished and modernised. The historic market hall in Newport has

been owned and run by The Newport Market Company since 1860, and the firm has been consulting with stallholders on changes to the stall structures and how best to improve the layout. While the work is being carried out the

market will be temporarily closed for up to a month during the summer, but bosses are already planning a grand reopening to entice shoppers back in. A spokesman for the market company told

local media: “The food stalls currently in the food hall area will be moved into the upper market hall, returning the layout to that which existed prior to 1992. “This means that all stalls will be in

one area, making it feel much busier with an improved shopping experience for customers.” He added that the old food hall area would

then be made into a separate commercial unit, and the company is currently looking for a long term tenant to occupy this space. “The company’s directors have held meetings with town councillors to appraise them of their latest plans,” the spokesman said.

“The public car park issue was also raised

and it is pleasing that three hours free short stay parking is to be brought in soon. Market stallholders have been asking for this for some time. “These changes are the third phase of a refurbishment plan started two years ago. The company has invested over £250,000 in the complex, which is a listed building.” The f irst phase consisted of the refurbishment of the old ballroom, while phase two is ongoing and will see significant repairs being carried out to the indoor market roof.

Further work is to be completed shortly on replacing the old town hall roof and painting the exterior of the building.


Classic and contemporary all under one roof

The Grainger Market is light, bright and has 110 quality traders. Alongside craft stalls, mini bazaars, jewellers, plant stalls, you can find high quality butchers, artisan bakers, greengrocers, and award winning street food traders, coffee shops and cafes. On Saturdays there are art and craft, vintage and specialist art markets held inside the event space. So if you’re foodie or fashion conscious, a browser or a buyer the Grainger Market offers fresh and local, eats and seats, history and culture Monday to Saturday.

Phone: 0191 211 5542 Email: @Nclmarkets @GraingerMarketNewcastle


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