A PETITION to keep Mablethorpe’s weekly market in the High Street and to stop its imminent move to a Tuesday has been launched.
Dave Ives, owner of Dave’s Restaurant in the High Street, is behind it and says he has the support of the market traders.
East Lindsey District Council revealed a plan in March to trial it in the town centre instead of Station Road, which Dave says has so far been a success, but he told the Leader the planned move from a Thursday to a Tuesday in June should be avoided.
He said: “The move to the High Street has been the best thing to happen to the town in years, but moving the market to a Tuesday will kill it.
“There are more profitable markets for traders on Tuesdays.
“I don’t see why we should move while Horncastle stays on a Thursday; they have two market days and we only have one.”
Dave added: “We have over 300 petition signatures and people can sign it in my restaurant.”
ELDC’s Strategic Development Manager, Mark Humphreys, said: “I’m pleased the business community recognises the benefit of having the market in the High Street and closer to the shops and we hope this continues to be successful.
“This change, along with the potential move of the market to a Tuesday from June is part of a programme of measures that aim to improve all the markets in the district so they become better places to shop and also contribute more strongly to the wider economy in our towns by drawing in more visitors.
“The reason for considering the move is that we have markets in Horncastle and Mablethorpe on a Thursday but from June will only have one vehicle to transport stalls and Mablethorpe Market isn’t currently as successful as Horncastle.
“We will continue to explore affordable options to avoid the need to change the day, but that may not be feasible. Any change will be supported by significant publicity and promotion.“
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