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Bury St Edmunds market to welcome three new traders

Three new traders have joined Bury St Edmunds market after long-standing stall holders said they were leaving due to a council ban on vans.

Lee Gaught, from Meat & Greet, provides speciality meats and is building on a model used by many traders during lockdown by taking orders at the market for delivery during the rest of the week.

Meanwhile, Becky Bridges, of B&B Bakery, is offering baked goods and Synthia Shokobishi is bringing Kushiki Cushions.

Bury St Edmunds market. Picture by Mark Westley
Bury St Edmunds market. Picture by Mark Westley

Last week, the Bury Free Press reported that long-standing traders were abandoning Bury St Edmunds’ market after being told they could no longer keep their vans on site.

The decision, by West Suffolk Council, was taken on the grounds of social distancing, but led to some traders reconsidering their pitches following the market’s re-opening last month.

Clara Thorogood, of Quite Nice Clothing, who is due to leave the market, said she felt passionately the council should be supporting independent traders rather than making life more difficult.

West Suffolk Council says it has been 'supporting the growth of markets in the area' by lobbying Government to provide grants for traders during the pandemic, working with stallholders to promote their businesses and by helping them set up delivery services.

It said the decision over vans was agreed with market trader representatives.

Darren Old, a traders’ representative on the market liaison group who sells cards on both days in Bury, said: "Both traders and the council have been working together with the same joint aim of making sure Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk continue to have thriving markets.

"We know that the council is doing all it can to make sure this continues into the future.

"We are happy to welcome the new traders that are starting on the market this week and wish them every success.

"The council works closely with us and changes, such as taking vans off the market, are discussed with us.

"We as representatives of the market traders said that any decision made had to be equal and fair to all market traders.

"Reasons given were to help people socially distance as well as making the market more attractive and create space for even more stalls in the future.

"Bury St Edmunds has a thriving market and we would like to thank all our customers for their support."

Cllr John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, added: "I am delighted that interest in joining the market remains strong, and to be working with market traders to ensure it continues to thrive.

"We have worked with them during lockdown and will of course continue to do so in recovery, to make our markets safe and attractive places for shoppers to return to.

"We have also championed our market traders cause with Government to get them grants and provided support through the pandemic as part of our wider work to help businesses and the local economy."

Anyone wanting to find out more about becoming a trader or who would like to discuss a business idea, can to contact the market development officer Sharon Fairweather via Sharon.fairweather@westsuffolk.gov.uk

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