Gareth Wilson

Liberal Democrat Campaigner for Haddenham & Aldreth Learn more

Why risk Ely Market?

by Gareth Wilson on 5 February, 2010

The Conservative Administration of East Cambs District Council is not listening.

Cllr James Palmer on Radio Cambridgeshire this morning stated that there were 61 traders waiting to come to Ely market. If this is true, then why did they not accept the Liberal Democrat amendment to add 15 extra stalls to the market and get the extra money they need instead of cutting the service risking the whole market?

Ely market makes a profit for ECDC. Last year market traders paid charges of £134,945 to ECDC and despite high council overhead charges there was a profit of £25,238.

The Saturday market is unique in Cambridgeshire with antiques, craft and farmers market stalls in addition to normal market traders selling clothes and food. It is also special because the neat council stalls laid out in rows against the background of the Cathedral attracts tourists and shoppers from all over Cambridgeshire. Why risk all this? Other market towns have suffered by such short-sighted measures.

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