Uproar over market move in Holbeach from next month

Hot food stands on High Street, Holbeach, from where market stalls on Thursdays and Saturdays will be moved to Boston Road South car park.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  Photo: SG040712-119TW. www.spaldingtoday .co.uk/buyaphoto
Hot food stands on High Street, Holbeach, from where market stalls on Thursdays and Saturdays will be moved to Boston Road South car park. Photo by Tim Wilson. Photo: SG040712-119TW. www.spaldingtoday .co.uk/buyaphoto
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Plans for market traders to move off Holbeach High Street into Boston Road South car park have gone down badly with some traders and parish councillors.

Despite a recent accident where a woman fell out of her mobility scooter, a trial from January 7 when the market will move from outside All Saints Church to the car park outside Boyes store was attacked at a Holbeach Parish Council meeting on Monday.

I can’t see the car park being the safest of places and the market should be in the centre of town

Lisa Teague of Lisa’s Kitchenware, Holbeach

Two town traders, Lisa Teague of Lisa’s Kitchenware, High Street, and Patrick Limming of J.W. Limming, Fleet Street, both spoke out against the move by South Holland District Council.

Speaking to the Guardian, Lisa said: “A few people told me about the move but it wasn’t until I saw signage going up that I realised they were right.

“Why can’t some of the stalls be moved into Church Street or onto the grounds of the church?

“I can’t see the car park being the safest of places and even so, the market should be in the centre of town.”

Parish council chairman Isobel Hutchinson said: “If they are going to have a market, then it needs to be stipulated that it’s a full day’s market, not a half-day market.”

But parish councillors and traders were warned by environmental services manager Emily Spicer that Holbeach Market could close without the move.

Emily said: “Holbeach Market should be thriving but at the moment and in it’s current location, there’s no opportunity for that.

“The number of shoppers is very low at the moment and we have no waiting list of traders, even though we do quite a lot of promotion.

“I really don’t want this move to be the demise of Holbeach but, at the moment, we could lose the market altogether.”

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