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Spalding markets pitch fees have been waived for three months

Market traders will receive free market pitches for the next three months.

South Holland District Council has announced that market fees in Spalding will continue to be waived until November as part of its commitment to support the town centre and its businesses.

The extension to the support will save valuable money for traders impacted by a change in trade levels during lockdown and beyond, whilst also presenting a low-risk opportunity for other businesses or individuals to consider taking part for the first time.

Market day in Spalding on Tuesday.Photo by Chris Lowndes. (39431353)
Market day in Spalding on Tuesday.Photo by Chris Lowndes. (39431353)

Several new traders have already used the free period to take part in the market, with a seller of handbags, purses and wallets and also a cake company appearing in recent weeks.

It follows further support through a £5,000 grant for existing traders earlier in August, who the council identified directly through their discretionary grant funding from the Government’s COVID-19 support package.

The council are also reaffirming the importance of the market through the ongoing work of the town centre improvement group, which includes representatives from the Spalding Market Traders group.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for place, 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.”

More information on South Holland’s markets, as well as details on how you can apply to take part, can be found at https://www.sholland.gov.uk/markets.

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