TRADERS continued to voice concerns about the possible disruption Bolton Council’s plans for market redevelopment could cause.
This comes after the authority released further details last week on plans to move a five-meter access road closer to the market and relocate waste units, which officials say will benefit the market. traders.
Bolton’s advice is hoping this will be a key aspect of a multi-million pound master plan to remake the area, but some traders have expressed skepticism about the long-term gains and disruption this work is likely to have. on their businesses.
Martin Farrimond, of Deli Boys, said: “This is going to have a significant effect on business as the area will become a construction site.
“The council must compensate the stand holders for the reduced business.”
He added: “The Bolton Market is of great value to the city, but the council doesn’t seem to understand that being a trader is a tough life.
“The proposed development also has value, but not at the expense of traders who throw in the towel, you can’t sell a product if you don’t get traffic.
“The Bolton Council is cutting back attendance in pursuit of their dreams.
“They have to take care of the market traders and compensate during this period of development.
“If they don’t, in the next few years there won’t be a Bolton Market, another broken piece of history.”
Mr Farrimond also added that the threat of parking fines could deter customers from visiting the market.
He said, “Why would customers pay parking fees when they can shop in large supermarkets and stores for free?
“This, combined with the pandemic, makes life very difficult for traders. ”
But the council said the plans will ultimately improve the trade.
A spokesperson said: “We are working to minimize the impact on the parking lot and for customers in the market.
“We will create a new public space that can be used for additional parking or for events and will also facilitate pedestrian access to markets, thus increasing footfall and commerce. ”