Traders raise market doubts

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THE introduction of a new market has caused traders to question if council bosses have made the right decision.

Poulton Market enjoyed a booming first day of business last Wednesday.

But while the Wyre Council-run market was in full flow, Tina Morphet, 48, a businesswoman in the town for a number of years, says more should be done to help long standing businesses.

The mobile hairdresser told The Gazette: “I love Poulton and go shopping there all the time, but nobody knows what is going on and shops keep shutting down.

“Both businesses and the market stalls need to be on an even keel.”

Fears had been raised by businesses in Great Eccleston that Poulton market would take away business from them.

However, the Poulton market has now been moved to Monday’s to avoid a clash.

Dougie Hall, manager of Cosy Corner in the Teanlowe Centre, says business was being taken away from some shops.

He added: “Some of the market stalls are clashing with some of the shops and I think that is a problem. The council needs to look at what clashes with each shop because that won’t help us.”

Coun Barry Birch, cabinet member for regeneration at Wyre, said: “Officers and members are working hard behind the scenes to identify investment opportunities and attract fresh investors and visitors. We will now look at how successful the market actually was and make a final decision on whether it should become a permanent fixture in Poulton.”