Town market is here to stay

Shoppers at Poulton Market.
Shoppers at Poulton Market.
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A POPULAR market which sparked concerns among traders has been made permanent.

Since its arrival in October, shopkeepers have claimed Poulton’s new market has left their stores almost deserted.

But Wyre Council has now approved plans to regularise the market by establishing it as a statutory market.

At its full capacity the market could provide the council an income of £41,000 although it says a more realistic target would result in £18,200 a year.

Economy portfolio holder Gordon McCann, said: “Initially the market was just a test and trial but it has been deemed a success, so now because of health and safety, we have certain rules we have to adhere to.

“We cannot continue it on an ad-hoc basis we have had to regularise it as a statutory market.”

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Coun McCann, who replaced Coun Barry Birch as economy portfolio holder last month, said he felt the market has been a success despite trader’s fears.

He said: “One or two traders have some issues but generally it has been very welcomed and has been a great success for Poulton.

“The market has certainly attracted more people to the town, which was the whole point, and it has led to more footfall in other shops in Poulton.

“It is early days yet and we will sit down with any traders with concerns.”

But Brian Woodward, who runs Food 4 Pets Limited in the Teanlowe Centre, said traders’ views had not been taken into account.

He said: “There was no consultation when the council was considering a market and there has been no consultation about making it a permanent fixture in the town.”

The market will take place in Market Square every Monday.