Sep 19 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
A MARKET trader was turned away from Ormskirk Market last week – despite selling there several times before.
Paul Donovan, 49, set up his stall on Ormskirk Market last Thursday and began selling his wares.
He was approached by market officials soon after however and told he had to leave because there were too many traders selling the same items as him.
Paul said: “I can’t believe I’ve been treated this way.
“They let me on the market six times before with no issue.
“Now they’re telling me I can’t sell here as there’s too many people selling the same stuff as me.
“Looking around the other stalls though I can see only one other person selling children’s pyjamas – it’s unfair.”
Paul from St Helens has traded on markets across the area for 35 years and this is the first time anything like this has ever happened to him.
Paul said: “People have said to me that my pyjamas are really good quality and they’ve sold really well so I don’t understand the market’s decision.”
A council spokesman said:“Mr Donovan is a casual trader and there are a number of traders permanently licensed to trade selling children’s’ nightwear and pyjamas. There have been occasions when, in the absence of a permanent trader, Mr Donovan was invited to trade.
“On the Thursday in question, there were three traders selling the same goods and Mr Donovan was advised that a stall was not available.”