Stallholders ‘ordered’ to shut up shop

Market trader Paul Oxley, stands with his arms folded and looks at the shutters as the council told him he couldn't open on certain days around Christmas. Picture: Andrew Roe

Market trader Paul Oxley, stands with his arms folded and looks at the shutters as the council told him he couldn't open on certain days around Christmas. Picture: Andrew Roe

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market traders are up in arms after being told they could not trade on some of the busiest days over the festive period.

Furious stall holders in the Corn Exchange and Wool Market say they were told they could not open on the Tuesday or Thursday before Christmas or today resulting in them losing money from the Christmas shopping trade.

Paul Oxley of Get More Mobile Repair stall in the Corn Exchange said traders had received letters in advance asking them to register an interest in trading but no mention of potentially not being allowed to trade on Thursday was mentioned.

He said: “Fair enough if on some of the days we were asked about there wasn’t enough interest, but we weren’t even given the option for Thursday so we just assumed we were opening as normal.

“Everyone is up in arms about it, we feel like we’ve lost out. The council let the meat stalls open so we feel like we’ve been treated unfairly.”

Chris Hall of Hall’s Jewellery stall in the Wool Market added: “We feel like we’ve been really let down. Everyone I have spoken to has said they had registered an interest in opening in the run up to Christmas.”

Peter Dale, Doncaster Council’s director of development, said: “Whenever there is enough demand from our stall holders, we do everything we can to open up the markets outside of normal operating times.

He added the authority has “worked especially hard” to meet the requests of traders.