Aug 15 2013 by Rebecca Koncienzcy, Ormskirk Advertiser
ORMSKIRK’S market is under continuing pressure as traders still feel disappointed by council efforts.
Traders have hit out at the apparent lack of action for the Ormskirk Outdoor Market as it struggles to survive.
A member of the traders committee has warned of the demise of the market and accused West Lancashire Council of watching the market die and doing nothing.
Paul Patterson, who is also a trader at the outdoor market , said: “Traders are still incredibly disappointed. We were feeling very positive after our initial meetings with the council. We were told that there would be a meeting in July that would follow a meeting with members of the council about suggestions we had made about the future of the market.
“Things that we wanted discussing included extra help with the charges for putting out more stock, the rents – we pay more than other markets in the North West – and improvements to the market.
“I know that we were not promised any of the outcomes, but we do not even know if the discussion has taken place.
“Traders, once again, have been let down. They were not promised anything but we were thinking positively about things, it was as if there was light at the end of the tunnel. We just want to know what happened at the meeting.
Mr Patterson also said that this year trading in January to May was tough and that the warmer weather has not necessarily helped the market. He added: “The council are watching the town struggle and die but are just saying that they don’t have the money to help. If you see something struggling, you don’t just let it die, you fight for it.”
The council say that a meeting with traders will not take place until after the first cabinet meeting in September.
A spokesperson for the council said: “One of the main issues that emerged from the discussions we held with the market traders was their request for the withdrawal of the ‘build-out charges’ – these are charges for the extra space that traders use in front of their stalls.
“A report about this issue, setting out the possible financial implications, will be considered by the cabinet at its meeting on September 9.
“We recently updated one of the market traders’ representatives, who suggested that there was no point in having a meeting until after the cabinet meeting.
“We will arrange a meeting after the cabinet has considered all the issues and made a decision.”
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