SWEEPING changes will see Mablethorpe’s weekly market move to a new site closer to the town centre as well as changing from a Thursday to a Tuesday.
East Lindsey District Council unveiled makeovers to each of its four markets last week with Mablethorpe seeing the biggest transformations.
ELDC will try to breathe new life into the market by moving it from Station Road to the High Street, between Seacroft Road and George Street for a trial period from April 5.
It will also operate on a Tuesday from June, enforced by the council’s decision to replace its two ailing market vehicles with a single new one.
The extra summer market day, unused last year, will also be scrapped.
Other changes will see stalls given a uniform look, with new pitch prices and relaxed regulations to encourage new traders and more competition.
A Government-backed review by retail guru Mary Portas had called for markets to be at the heart of towns, with less trading regulations.
Town Manager Karen Froggatt backed the move to the town centre.
She said: “This is a very positive move that will not only benefit the market traders but will add life and vibrancy to the town centre.
“The market will be a more visible and attractive place to visit.”
The winter sees around 12 traders but this can double in summer.
Traders Sue and Dave Motteram (pictured) said although they thought the location change was a good move, commitments at the bigger Spalding market on a Tuesday might force them to give up their stall.
‘Efficiency the key for town markets’
MANY other traders at the market on Thursday gave their support to the High Street move, but some also had concerns with the day change due to commitments to other markets.
Portfolio Holder for the Economy, Coun Craig Leyland, said it was vital markets did more to aid the economy and were run efficiently to justify the £61,000 a year cost to the taxpayer.
“With the changes we’re implementing we hope to make the markets a better place to shop and a place people want to visit each week,” he said.
“We are keen to work with the current traders to ensure the changes can be smoothly implemented for the benefit of shoppers.”
Coun Leyland told the Leader that the plans had been ‘well received’ by the Mablethorpe Town Partnership and had ‘positive critical feedback’ from traders.
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