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Knaresborough Market Plight

February 19, 2018 3:04 PM

Lib Dems fighting for Knaresborough Market

Knaresborough Market

It was over a year ago that Lib Dems brought the plight of Knaresborough Market to the attention of Harrogate Council (HBC), urging action.

A report showing the decline of market stall lets over the preceding 2 years highlighted the plight. HBC in response commissioned external consultants to look at the issue. One recommendation they made was that stall holders were to buy and erect their own stalls, with no financial assistance from the Council.

The Consultant's report was accepted in its entirety by the Conservative Cabinet. The Leader of the Council, Cllr Richard Cooper stated that "This would align the Council with most other Councils." With little discussion with stall holders, local residents and shoppers HBC issued a letter to stall holders informing them of the move. Not surprisingly this bomb shell resulted in an outcry from stall holders and Knaresborough residents alike.

At a Town Council meeting Cllr. Cooper announced a total reversal of HBC decision and withdrew the proposal of moving to self-erect stalls in favour of a local working group made up of local councillors, members of the public, stall holders and chamber of trade representatives to come up with a plan of action for the future of the Market.

Local Lib Dem Campaigner Alistair Gavins said. "I will be continuing to work with other local campaigners to continue the pressure to make sure that our market remains and is vibrant.