Spalding market day stalls change survives rethink - with concession for traders
Market traders in Spalding will still have to bring, set up and take down their own stalls after a change in policy was backed at a meeting today.
South Holland District Council cabinet members voted in favour of standing by its original decision to suspend the provision of market stalls on Tuesdays and Saturdays after a challenge over whether enough had been done to keep traders informed.
The decision, described by one council member as "not our finest hour in decision-making", was backed by the cabinet during a meeting this morning.
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, cabinet member with responsibility for street markets, said: "What we'd done was put in place, in a fairly short space of time, what we felt was best to achieve an aim of having a market open as soon as possible.
"Measures were taken for the safety of all concerned, particularly those putting up the stalls which we felt could no longer continue safely."
As a concession to market traders, the cabinet also decided to extend a rent-free period for pitches in Spalding's Market Place until the end of August.
The measure, originally due to end next Friday, was brought in "to support the recovery of markets", according to a report prepared for today's cabinet meeting.
Coun Angela Newton, one of three councillors who asked for the suspension of market stalls being provided to be lifted, told cabinet members today: "I accept that everything has to be safe and COVID-compliant.
"But we need to make the market as good as we can for the traders and so when restrictions are lifted, are we going to put the stalls back up?"
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