LETTERS – Problem is no traders, no punters

Reference Spalding market, I made my living market trading, moving to West Pinchbeck in 1998.

Spalding Market at that time filled totally the main square and the Sheep Market.

I struggled to get a pitch, only occasionally I obtained a casual pitch.

I also attended Stamford Market, again difficult to get a pitch, only once as a casual.

Now 2021, Spalding recently had only five stalls on a Saturday.

I went to Stamford last week, the market still fills the main road area, and several side streets.

I spoke to some traders about obtaining a stall, virtually impossible, I was told.

I found substantial free parking adjacent, available all day, every day.

The market had stalls for virtually every type of product – food, clothing, shoes, antiques, various speciality stalls, and was vibrant, all stalls taking money.

Perhaps Spalding council can explain the disparity?

Problem now is no traders, no punters, no punters, no traders, vicious circle.

John Bull

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