Traders' shock at plans to demolish Farnworth Market
FARNWORTH traders say they are “shocked and disgusted” with plans to demolish the market.
Bolton Council has informed market traders of the plans to knock down the canopy in favour of “demountable stalls” in Brackley Street or Asda car park.
But some traders say the stands are not suitable for the bigger stalls or traders who need water supplies.
Steve Rawcliffe, aged 45, from Leyland, has grown up trading on Farnworth Market.
Mr Rawcliffe said: “My mum and dad ran this fruit-and-veg stall for 45 years and I think the decision is shocking.
“I’ve got customers who have been coming to me more than 30 years and I work hard to sell the best local produce at the best prices.
“The stalls they are proposing to put up in Brackley Street just aren’t suitable. My stall is too big. It’s just not going to work.”
Tom Nuttall, of Nuttalls jewellery, said traders felt let down by the council.
Mr Nuttall, aged 54, said: “It has been a real slap in the face and completely unexpected.
“Everyone feels completely let down by the council. They just told us that the market was going and that was that.
“This is people’s livelihood. Some traders need a permanent stall and will have nowhere else to go. I know some stalls are empty but the filled stalls have a busy clientele. I just feel so sorry for all the other traders.”
Tracey and Paul Myatt have run the market cafe for seven years. As a permanent stall, they will have nowhere to go once the market canopy is knocked down.
Mrs Myatt, aged 49, said: “I think it’s disgusting. We cannot be accommodated in the demountable stall because we’re a cafe. They will relocate us to a shop premises but we’re market traders. People come here for a catch up while they’re doing they’re shopping. Our customers have seen our children grow up. They’re more like friends really. It just feels like the council have given us no choice in the matter.”
The canopy next to King Street will be demolished first and traders will be temporarily moved to the other two canopies.
Eventually the entire market site will be redeveloped by St Modwen into a new retail space.
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