Split opens up over markets move in Holbeach

Shelly Andrew, with husband Steve, of SJA Produce who backs the move of market stalls in Holbeach from High Street to Boston Road South.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Shelly Andrew, with husband Steve, of SJA Produce who backs the move of market stalls in Holbeach from High Street to Boston Road South. Photo by Tim Wilson.

  • ‘Health and safety issues’ prompt move from High Street to car park
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Holbeach’s twice-weekly market is set to move next month, causing a split amongst shoppers and stallholders in the town.

The market is to move from its present site outside All Saints Church in High Street to Boston Road South car park on a trial basis from Thursday, January 7.

Holbeach town centre is to see its market on Thursdays and Saturdays move from High Street to Boston Road South car park.  Photo by Jim Smith.

Holbeach town centre is to see its market on Thursdays and Saturdays move from High Street to Boston Road South car park. Photo by Jim Smith.

South Holland District Council said the move was due to “health and safety issues” after two accidents in recent weeks, one of which involved a woman who fell from her mobillity scooter into the road.

Fruit and vegetable trader Shelly Andrew, who supports the move, said: “When we’re setting up and packing away, it causes quite a disruption and so it’s just not safe to have any more stalls down there.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to set our stalls up better in Boston Road South car park to give people more access to us, rather than the way we are set up now in a long line on High Street.”

But Holbeach parish and district councillor Paul Foyster said: “I must have had 15 people who came up to me last week and asked ‘why are they moving the market and why weren’t they told?’

It’s just not safe to have any more stalls down there (in High Street) and hopefully, we’ll be able to set up our stalls better in Boston Road South car park

Shelly Andrew of SJA Produce fruit and vegetables

“I personally don’t want the market to move to Boston Road South car park and if there really is a problem, it should be possible to move some of the stalls around the corner onto Church Street.”

A South Holland District Council spokesman said: “Holbeach Market Traders and ourselves are looking at the possibility of moving both the Thursday and Saturday Holbeach markets to Boston Road South Car Park.

“The move will be for a trial period, with the first market being proposed at the new location on Thursday 7th January 2016.

“This proposal has been suggested in order to try and increase visitor numbers and allow customers to benefit from the two hours free car parking which we offer there.

“It is also hoped that new traders will be attracted to Holbeach Market, resulting in a wider range of products being available and to allow for health and safety issues at the current site to be addressed.

“Any comments on this proposal should be emailed to info@sholland.gov.uk or directed to our customer services team at South Holland District Council.”

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