Town council seeks talks on Tesco charity market day

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Market Rasen Town Council is calling a meeting with Tesco about the supermarket staging a charity market in the market place.

After market traders complained such an event last November held at the store cost them much trade, the town council refunded rents to traders that day.

Tesco has approached the town council to use its market stalls for free during a similar event on Saturday November 21.

However, Coun Nigel Cook told last week’s town council meeting the store should pay for them.

“Tesco don’t do it for charity. They do it for publicity and footfall. It’s to increase trade in their stores,” he said.

“The market traders were up in arms about it,” he said, meaning the event last year.

“We should encourage Tesco to have their charity market in the market place and support the market place,” said town mayor John Matthews.

However, Coun Carol Skye said if you talk to local organisations, Tesco has done much good for the town.

“Of course companies try and do something for footfall. But they are organising something for people who are already going to their store. It’s taking trade away from themselves. They are doing it for a charitable purpose,” she said.

“We have far more people who go to Tesco, who then shop and leave. It would be nice to attract people to town but it won’t happen.”

Members agreed it was time to have a ‘conversation’ with the store’s manager and its Community Champion Jenny Stimson.

“I think you have the knives in for Tesco,” interrupted Coun James Patton.

“It’s not knives in, it’s to get it sorted,” replied Coun Steve Bunney, who is spearheading the Market Traders Forum.

Coun Bunney also said there was an issue of how charitable organisations might then rent out stalls to private individuals.

“Nobody wants to get in the way of charity funding. The issue is third party markets,” he said.

“Jenny (Stimson), etc, are not aware of the concerns raised. We need to bring these concerns to them,” Coun John McNeill also commented.