Markets review

Stallholders have slammed plans to review Matlock’s market. Traders say urgent action is needed to ensure the future of the town’s ailing market – and Derbyshire Dales District Council is carrying out a major review. But the council’s proposals – which include raising fees and scrapping the Saturday market – have been blasted as “unhelpful” and a “step backwards.”

At a meeting in Matlock last month councillors drew up a list of ideas for the Dales markets. These include improving signage for Bakewell market, continuing the incentive scheme for new traders to encourage business start-ups, keeping the markets in their current locations and offering traders subsidised parking permits for market days.

The draft plans also state that Matlock’s unofficial Saturday market should be discontinued and unlike the previous two years when fees have not been increased, in April 2012 fees should go up in line with inflation. Currently traders pay around £20 a day to rent a stall in the Bakewell Road market hall.

The council is set to put together a draft report which will be discussed at a meeting in January. Councillors will vote on the final report in February.

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