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Spalding market is not stopping or closing says leading councillor while Long Sutton market is still plagued with inconsiderate drivers

Spalding market is not closing says a cabinet member of South Holland District Council.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for Place, says the market is an integral part of the plans to attract more people to Spalding town centre after concerns have been raised.

While over in Long Sutton, inconsiderate drivers have continued to hamper the market by continuing to park overnight in the Market Place.

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

In a social media post last night Coun Gambba-Jones said: "The only FULL COUNCIL decision that was confirmed on Wednesday night, was to cease provision of the outdated market stalls and their erection by SHDC staff on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

"This DOES NOT mean that Spalding market is stopping, or closing. Nor is the way it operates in respect of those who use it, other than to get better in the future.

"The traders will still be attending, but will be erecting the stalls that many of them already own and that they use on other markets.Other traders already attend using their own special purpose stalls, vans, or lorries.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones (4409846)
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones (4409846)

"Also, market traders can now access small business support grants of up to £5,000 via SHDC, to purchase their own stalls, if they need to, for those few who have advised that they do not own one.

"A key element in this decision was the number of people, including several market traders, raised the issue of regular empty stalls. They believed this made Spalding market seem neglected and in decline. SHDC cannot do anything about empty stalls once they are erected in the early morning, based on the expectation that a trader who has paid is going to attend on that day.

"The only way to avoid this negative image for our market, is to move to the widespread practice of having the market traders erecting their own stalls.

A car parked in Long Sutton market place (39573322)
A car parked in Long Sutton market place (39573322)

"Modern, attractive and easy to erect gazebo type stalls are recommended by the National Association of British Markets.These are stalls being looked at by SHDC to use for temporary loan to anybody wishing to try out market trading for the first time.

"This is just one small element of a more comprehensive approach to help improve our town centre.The market is an integral part of this project.

"Had it not been for the COVID pandemic, I’m sure the Spalding Town Centre Improvement project would be well underway by now.A newly appointed officer will working on this, including having further discussions with our traders, in the coming weeks."

The new layout of Long Sutton's market has received positive feedback now that Market Place is closed to traffic.

But a number of drivers are continuing to cause problems by parking in the area over night which makes setting out the stalls on a Friday morning difficult.

Coun David Wilkinson said: "We are still receiving very positive comments from members of the public and stall holders, theoly issue we have is parked cars which are causing a real problem.

"Despite assurances from Lincolnshire Police, who promised that they would carry out a leaflet drop this week to warn everyone in the market place that they would enforce parking this Friday we still have the same problem.

"I find it sad that the few inconsiderate people are putting the whole market at jeopardy."

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