March 12 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
A fruit and vegetable trader in Watton has vented his frustration after councillors voted to stop collecting rubbish from the town’s weekly market in a bid to save almost £5,000.
Sellers at the Wednesday market will have to dispose of their own waste from April 1 after Watton Town Council removed the £4,836 service from this year’s budget.
But Lee Martin thinks that decision is wrong and it will discourage prospective traders renting a stall.
“People want their rubbish collected. It’s part of our rent,” he said.
“We have lost traders in the last year and now they are taking services away.
“I expect to see 20 years at the market in the town but it’s not going to happen if the council keep upping and changing.
“The market is dead – we are trying to keep it going and all we are going is keep getting pulled down.”
Watton council’s clerk Jacqui Seal said the town suffers because there is no central market place like there are in other market towns, such as Dereham.
“We are trying our hardest to promote the market in the town. It’s not just the market, it’s the high street as well,” she said.
“We just don’t know what to do next. We want more stall holders and to encourage people to come to Watton.”
A letter was sent to the market stallholders from the council asking for their ideas about how to attract new traders after seeing 30 stalls come and go over the past five years.
But Mr Martin, 39, said what the council needs is a representative from the market community to attend meetings to help shape plans for the stalls’ future.
But Watton mayor Lorraine McCarthy said a representative on the council would not be suitable – but added anyone is welcome to attend any public meetings.
The final collection will be on March 26.