In The Press » April 5th 2012 - Listen to the people and leave market alone
Listen to the people and leave market alone
...Market Harborough's MEP calls for commonsense in trading row...
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UK Independence Party
From the Office of Derek Clark, MEP, East Midlands
Rowan House, 23 Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5AT
Tel: 01604 620064 Fax: 01604 636002
April 5th, 2012
Ref No. 094
You must listen to the people – that’s the message from Market Harborough’s MEP as the row over plans to move the town’s traders rumbles on.
Derek Clark, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands, said the council should take on board then sheer weight of the objections and listen to the town’s traders.
Earlier this year, the council unveiled proposals to regenerate its Adam and Eve Street headquarters in a project which would be funded by the lease of the indoor Market Hall to a big-name retailer.
The idea has led to a storm of protest and despite new proposals which included moving the market to include plans for some indoor trading and the possibility of moving stall-holders to The Square, traders are still angry.
Mr Clark said: “This idea has led to widespread protest and a real sense of outrage by traders.
“I can totally understand why the traders want to stay together as a group – that is where unity and co-operation between them can thrive.
“The council has to be a realistic – shoppers want to browse and wander around their local market place – they don’t want to trudge to two or three different sites to do their shopping.
“The traders are right when they say the market will lose its impact – we should be doing all we can in today’s climate to protect and help small businesses.”
He urged the council to look again the whole scheme and said: “I hope plans can be put in place, which will see the market thrive not dwindle and die off. After all, the council should be doing all it can to protect the market and the very name Market Harborough.”
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