Traders positive on market

The Thursday market last week, which North Lincolnshire Councillors Nigel Sherwood (left) and  Rob Waltham say is still  thriving.
The Thursday market last week, which North Lincolnshire Councillors Nigel Sherwood (left) and Rob Waltham say is still thriving.
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BRIGG Market is alive and well – or is it?

North Lincolnshire and Town Councillors had no doubt the outlook was positive, even after a letter was received from a regular visitor criticising aspects and raising questions about its future.

His comments came after discussions with stallholders.

At the monthly town council meeting, Town Mayor Carl Sherwood said: “All traders have signed up to the market traders’ charter. There is also a North Lincolnshire liaison committee meeting every three months to which comments can be made.”

The Mayor then read from a national magazine highlighting the market.

One comment from a trader said: “I have had 22 years of successful trading, Brigg Market gets better every year.”

Another trader said: “I have been on the market for two years and love the market.”

Councillors felt the letter from the individual did not reflect the overall views of traders’. It was also pointed out there had been no rental increase since 2005.

Coun Rob Waltham told members the town council has a role to play in voicing its views on the market and also in passing comments of local people on to North Lincolnshire, as in this case.

Summing up the Mayor said: “There may be one or two traders unhappy, but generally they are not.”

Councillors agreed with this and the concluding sentiments in the debate expressed by Coun Mike Campion who said: “Brigg is a well attended market, a successful and vibrant one.”