Market talks planned

Pock Market
Pock Market

TALKS regarding the future of Pocklington’s weekly market will take place this month.

Representatives from Pocklington Town Council have arranged to meet with East Riding Council members to discuss the Tuesday market.

In May, Pocklington Town Council discussed the idea of taking control of the weekly stallfest. They were unhappy with a number of issues involving market traders, accusing them of blocking shop fronts with their vehicles and detracting customers away from them.

East Riding Council agreed to meet with them, but say no decision has been made.

Pocklington councillor, Jeff Shepherd said: “It’s still very much in the air, we need to find out if it’s possible to take over the market and if we really want to take it over.

“There are a number of issues that need addressing either way.

“Until we know from East Riding Council we can’t move any further with it.”

The idea to relinquish control of the market to Pocklington Town Council has not been welcomed by traders.

John Dyson, who runs a pitch in Pocklington and is also an executive member of the National Market Traders Federation, says East Riding Council should only give up the market to a traders’ co-operative, and not a town council.

Both Bridlington and Cottingham are examples of co-operatives that are run by the traders themselves.

He publicly requested that any issues should be discussed in a three-way meeting between Pocklington Town Council, East Riding Council, and the traders.

However, Pocklington Town Council has said it will meet with the traders after they have spoken with East Riding Council, which will be on 17 August.

Town clerk Richard Wood and Councillor Richard Bryon have agreed to attend.