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Petition war

Created on 06/03/2018 @ 09:39
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An online war has broken out over the future of Welshpool’s Indoor Market.

Welshpool Town Council has mooted the idea of switching the market on the ground floor of the Town Hall and to a location that would link the retail park with the town centre.

But it didn’t go down well with some traders who have launched a Save Our Market campaign, with a petition, for it to stay put. It has attracted over 120 signatures online and more throughout the town.

However, former town councillor John Morgan caused controversy last night by launching his own petition to push for the closure of the market all together, and to also end the idea of it being switched.

He wrote: “Please Welshpool Town Council do not waste any more tax payers’ money trying to save Welshpool Market.

“Although Welshpool has had a market in some form since the 13th century, for over 700 years, the only viable market trading is the Smithfield Market at Buttington Cross.

“All other goods and services in town are provided by local businesses established on permanent sites or are purchased in more modern methods. The market hall has become something of a local embarrassment and there are no serious traders left from the many that can be remembered by countless locals.

“We urge the Town Council to finally call a day on the indoor market and remove the remaining ‘Wendy houses’ so that the space may be left vacant or used for other purposes.”

“We further urge the Town Council not to expend public money on the relocation of the remaining business to the Vicarage/Spar car park.”

The petition provoked a storm of protest from supporters of the market and has initially struggled to catch the imagination of the public, with just 10 signatures this morning.


To support the market click here

To stop the market click here


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