Spalding market traders hope more stallholders will join them and appeal for events in town centre
Traders are hoping that more stallholders will be attracted to Spalding market after news that pitch fees are being waived for a further three months.
South Holland District Council has announced that it will not be charging pitch fees to market traders until November.
Spalding Market Traders Association has welcomed the news but are also calling for more events to be run in the town centre to increase footfall.
Vice-chairman Julie Newman things are improving for the market but the weather has had an impact in recent weeks.
She said: “I think it (waiving pitch fees) will make a difference to the market and we have a few new traders coming in.
“Things are building back up and we are getting more people around.
“Three new traders are coming to the market.
“I would ask shoppers to please come back. We there but if they don’t use us, they will lose the market.”
A newtrader, Epulari Cake Company, joined the market on Tuesday last week and is due to return to the Sheep Market today (Tuesday).
Julie also put out a call for more events to be held in the town centre in order to attract people.
She said: “If something was put on in the town centre it would attract people.
“The market does bring people in but we need something else to attract people.”
Earlier this year the council announced a £500,000 project to improve Spalding and Holbeach town centres and says the market does play an important part in those plans.
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for place,
He said: “I am very pleased that we are extending the rent free period for traders.
“I believe it shows our commitment to supporting Spalding’s markets and its traders whilst also seeking to encourage others to give market trading a try, as our town continues to recover from these challenging times.
“The markets are an integral part of our plans for Spalding, and I would encourage anyone who’s always considered giving it a go to make the most of this opportunity and be part of a growing and diverse retail offer to our shoppers.”
The council has not charged stallholders for pitches since the markets returned in June following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
Last month, it provided existing traders with a £5,000 grant, through the Government’s COVID-19 support package.