Drivers warned that they will be ticketed if they disrupt Long Sutton Market
Drivers have been warned that they will get a ticket if they continue to disrupt a flourishing market by parking in a town centre.
Long Sutton market is thriving since the stalls were moved into the centre of Market Place following lockdown and has even attracted additional traders.
But motorists have disrupted the market by continuing to park their cars on Thursday nights on the Market Place, which creates problems for stall holders on Friday mornings when the road is closed to traffic.
Police did issue one ticket to a motorist last week and town councillors say they will continue to report motorists who flout the road closure.
South Holland district councillor Jack Tyrrell, who represents Long Sutton, said: “We had one motorist who was given a £70 fine so let that be a warning. We are not going to stand for it and you will get a ticket.
“I don’t want to pester the police with this but I will do it. If there is a car there – I will report it, so beware!”
Market Place is now closed to traffic on a Friday to allow the stalls to be set-up in the centre of the road to help ensure social distancing for shoppers.
Three more traders are due to be joining the market shortly. An arts and crafts stall is due to be coming, along with a trader selling jams and preserves along with homeware stand.
This new lay out has proved popular with a reported increase in the number of shoppers attending the town who are enjoying a more ‘relaxed’ atmosphere.
Coun David Wilkinson, who also represents the town on the district council, said there has been an increase in footfall since the new arrangements have been implemented.
He said: “The shopkeepers in Long Sutton have been really positive and supported it and said what a difference it makes. I would like to thank them.
“People are not just coming to the market and going as it is a relaxed atmosphere, they are having a cup of coffee and going in the shops. It’s a win win situation.”
Coun Tyrrell said that he would welcome more traders but was keen to keep the tables and chairs which have been set up outside Snax.
He said: “I think keeping the tables and chairs is a good thing and I would encourage more shops to do that for their own customers.
“If we all work together than it will be good for the town.”
“We are Long Sutton and we want to stand out from the crowd.”