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Traders’ anger over lost weekend There will be no Stockton Market on Friday 6 and Saturday September 7 as the traders make way for the Great North CityGames


Traders in a County Durham town have said the council there has broken its word after learning that the market will have to make way for the Great North CityGames in September. Stallholders in Stockton- on-Tees spoke of their anger at being moved from their “dedicated space” just a few years after the council promised they would never be moved again. In 2013 Stockton town


centre underwent a major regeneration scheme, part of which involved a designated events space to the north of the town hal l and a “dedicated” and “permanent” market space for traders to the south. To put traders’ fears to


rest at the time, the council assured them that the new market space meant they would never have to be moved again to make way for events. However, the Great North


CityGames, previously held in Newcastle Gateshead, will now take place on Stockton high street for the first time on Saturday September 7. The milestone event is expected to draw thousands of visitors from all over the UK and beyond, and the council


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has cancelled Stockton Market on September 6 and 7 to make way for the Games – a decision traders say they were not consulted about. David Craggs has run a


bag stall at Stockton Market for 35 years, and speaking to local media he claimed the council had broken its word. He said: “I went to every


single meeting when they were talking about moving us. They repeatedly said ‘you’ll never be moved again’ – they couldn’t have been more clear. “They’ve broken their word. “They think this kind


of thing brings people to Stockton; it might do for one weekend, but it won’t in the long-term. Our customers rely on us being here every week. “This will put my business


at risk – I’ll miss the most critical weekend of the year. “September 6 and 7 is


back-to-school weekend when parents are looking for school bags for their children. “There was no consultation


on this whatsoever. Not that it would make any difference. “Once they’ve broken their


word once, what’s to stop them doing it again?” Rare coin trader Paul


Turnbull sent a letter of complaint to the council, in which he wrote: “Do the council not realise that they are taking the market traders’ livelihood away? “Anger comes from the


pittance they offer of us of one free market day, this does not go anywhere near to compensating us for our lack of earnings. “My takings on a Saturday is between £300 and £600. He added: “A word


of warning, if the council continue to upset the market traders they could end up with no market.” Another trader, who did not


wish to be named, told local media: “The council treats us like we’re like children playing shops. This isn’t a game, this is my livelihood. This is how I put food on the table. “When we were moved we


were told repeatedly that this was so that we would have a dedicated space and would never be moved again. “The council has broken


that promise so they can have a big weekend and pat themselves on the back about it.” Local media reports that


official statements from Stockton Council between 2012 and 2013 would seem to corroborate the traders’ claims. On March 17 2012, for


example, a spokesman for Stockton Council said: “Our proposals are about concentrating the existing market in a place where they won’t have to be moved in the future.” And on October 24 2013 the


council publicly celebrated the fact that Stockton Market


was f inal ly in i ts “new, permanent position”. Si nce the £38m


regenerat ion, Stockton High St reet has seen announcements about the loss of major retailers such as Marks and Spencer and Debenhams. In response to the traders’


comments Cllr Bob Cook, Labour leader of Stockton Council, told local media in a statement: “It’s a huge coup for us to be bringing the Great North CityGames to Stockton. “It’s another big event in


the Tees Valley. We’ve had a fantastic public response with big crowds expected in addition to yet more national television coverage which can only be a good thing for the area.” He added: “Of course, at


the time of the major capital works in 2012 we didn’t expect that the market would ever have to make way for a major event. “And that has been the case


to date, with the market and town centre benefiting from all kinds of events like Supercar Saturday and SIRF which have drawn in big crowds. “Indeed, when we secured


the Great North CityGames we did not envisage that the market would be affected. “But as we have progressed


with the detailed planning necessary for a one-off event of this scale and profile, it’s become clear that the infrastructure, logistics and


event safety requirements have left us with no choice but to cancel the market for two days. “We have contacted market


traders to apologise for this disruption and to offer a rent free period in recognition of the inconvenience this will cause.”


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