Compensation plea at market

Market Hall, Poulton le Fylde.
Market Hall, Poulton le Fylde.
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CALLS are being made for a property developer to compensate traders they are asking to vacate a market hall.

Businesses and councillors in Poulton have said compensation from Dransfield Properties Limited would help traders move.

The developer has asked the 14 businesses to leave the Market Hall by July saying it is no longer a cost efficient asset after plans to build a supermarket in its place, and relocate traders to a new hall, fell through.

Alison Coldwell, owner of Happy Feet, said she is relieved to have found new premises on Breck Mews.

But she added: “I still feel let down because it’s costing a lot of money to move.”

Wyre Council leader Peter Gibson said: “I’m delighted businesses are finding units. What we must hope for is Dransfield look at compensating traders which will help them to relocate.”

But the firm said traders must talk to staff if they need help.

Amanda Holmes, from Dransfield, said: “We’ve always shown a willingness to help or give guidance on new premises. Any discussion about further help they feel they need, they really need to speak to our surveyor who visits nearly every week.”

Sam Clegg Butchers has secured a unit on nearby Ball Street.

Mr Clegg said: “I’m pleased for my staff, that I can keep them on and Poulton can still have a butchers.”