Traders threaten to quit unless parking rules for Wellingborough market change

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Market traders have threatened to quit unless changes are made to new parking rules introduced in September.

A number of traders were unhappy with Wellingborough Council’s decision to amend the off-street parking order for the town’s market place in September.

The new order said no vehicles are allowed to park in this area between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday, but its introduction has led to complaints.

In light of this, the council’s services committee will be asked to note a request for urgent action to grant temporary parking permits for traders at a meeting on December 7.

Traders will then be able to use the parking permits until February 2016 when the situation will be reviewed.

Documents to be considered by councillors next week state: “Following numerous issues with parking on the market place both involving market traders and members of the public, an amendment to the off-street parking order was approved and came into effect on Monday, September 28, 2015.

“Since the parking restrictions have been in place, the market working group has received a number of complaints from market traders who for some years have been able to park on the market place.

“Several traders (mainly on stalls 90-99) have requested that they be issued with parking permits to park in the market place.

“The reasons for this are that the vans provide security, they are concerned about theft from vans at Jacksons Lane car park, that the vans provide a wind break, storage and that if due to their age if they have to park elsewhere they will leave the market.”

Following two meetings in October and November, traders were pressing for a decision to be made before the Christmas trading period.

The parking changes were brought in with the aim of improving the market, not just in its offer but in its environment and appearance.

And a Christmas craft cabin will be open from today (Tuesday) on market trading days to encourage shoppers to visit the market.

It is part of efforts by Wellingborough Council and Wellingborough Norse, which runs the market on behalf of the council, to promote the market and attract more shoppers and traders.

The activities are also supported by local company A & J Sectional Buildings and Bovis Homes, the developers of Stanton Cross.

Cllr Martin Griffiths, chairman of the market working group, said: “Wellingborough market has a lot to offer and hopefully these activities will help encourage shoppers to come and give the market a try.

“Our market place is an important asset for Wellingborough and historically was the place that brought people together.

“We want to see our market thrive.”

For more information go to www.wellingborough.gov.uk/market or call Wellingborough Norse on 01933 234520.

The services committee will meet at 7pm on Monday, December 7, at Swanspool House in Wellingborough.