Market traders meet with council bosses

Glossop market traders met with members of High Peak Borough Council last Friday evening, to find out how restoration work on the market hall will affect their businesses in the near future. 

A number of traders gathered at the Market Café to ask questions to attending members of the council, including council leader Anthony McKeown and Head of Regeneration Sarah Porru. 

The indoor market is set for a period of closure for up to 12 months next year, as High Peak Borough Council look to ‘repair, restore and safeguard the town’s heritage halls’ as part of a multi-million pound project. 

A date for the work has yet to be fixed, but the borough council has confirmed that the Market Hall will remain open until January or February next year.

Traders compiled a number of questions to present to the council throughout the hour-long meeting, asking for a written guarantee that everyone would be able to return to their stalls once work had finished following anxiety that businesses could be lost.

The council apologised after Kelly James, who owns the outdoor Market Café said it was ‘rude’ that none of the outdoor traders were notified of the market’s closure, adding ‘we are a market whether we are indoor or outdoor and we all stand together - we should be notified of the same things as it will affect us all.’ 

The council said they are organising one-on-one consultations with all the traders to assess their needs going forward.

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