‘Traders must talk’

Pock Market
Pock Market

MARKET traders and shopkeepers need to get round the table to thrash out any problems - that is the advice of a regular stall holder in Pocklington and member of the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF).

The Post revealed last week how Pocklington Town Council is looking into taking over the weekly market, which at present is run by East Riding Council, because they felt that market-related issues had not been handled well.

Now John Dyson, who has run a pitch at Pocklington for more than 12 years and is also is an executive board member of the NMTF who represent the traders, feels the issues could be resolved by simply improving communications.

He said: “I’m a bit perturbed by the headlines, market traders seem to be put in a bad light - the market has been the same for years. As far as I know there are no problems. If there are, I would like people to come to us.

“I think the town council should come and have a chat with the traders if there are problems, or a three-way talk with East Riding Council as well.

If there are any problems we should thrash them out.

“This market has been run by East Riding Council for about 15 years and it’s run well, we want everybody to be happy.

“Pocklington is a nice little town, there are gaps during the market which is very rare these days, Pocklington is definitely holding up and it helps bring people in to the town.”

Pocklington Town Council’s attempt to take control of the market came after frustrated shopkeepers had complained about stalls being opened out into the centre of the road, forcing shoppers to walk down the middle of Market Place, thus missing out the shops.

They also complained that traders’ vans were also blocking out some shops.

However, Mr Dyson said that it was agreed several years ago after talks with the now-defunct chamber of trade that vans would be allowed on to Market Place after complaints that they were taking up much-needed spaces in the car parks around the town.

In response to Pocklington Town Council’s attempts to take on the market, Mr Dyson replied: “East Riding’s policy is that if it does change hands, it would be to a traders’ co-operative, like what has happened at Bridlington and Cottingham. As far as I know it’s still the same policy.

“Co-operatives are run by the traders, for the traders. I just wish the town council would come and talk to us first.”

Meanwhile, East Riding Council have said they would talk to Pocklington Town Council about their ideas, but gave no indication that they would relinquish responsibility.