Lancaster stallholders complain

Andrew Long with the council's recycling bin which means traders have to pitch their stalls away from the wall and allows pedestrians to walk behind the stalls.
Andrew Long with the council's recycling bin which means traders have to pitch their stalls away from the wall and allows pedestrians to walk behind the stalls.

STALLHOLDERS on Lancaster’s outdoor market have complained after the city council positioned one of its new recycling bins in the middle of a stall pitch.

The large bin has been bolted to the floor outside British Home Stores in Market Street – right where a stall selling pictures should be placed.

Stallholder Alison Basaj has now been forced to move her stall out into the pavement and is unable to fully open the awning.

Pedestrians can also now walk behind the stall, which market traders fear is a health and safety concern.

Stallholder Andrew Long, who has the pitch next to the picture stall, said: “The stall has had to be set forward away from the bin.

“It’s not obstructing the street, but the awning has to be smaller than it would normally be, which is restricting the size of the stall, and if the weather is bad it could damage her stock.

“Also, this makes the stalls on either side less visible to people walking past.”

Mr Long, who sells crafts and jewellery, added: “The council has a map showing exactly where the pitches are, but it has obviously been ignored. They were specifically asked not to put a bin where any of the stalls would be.

“All we want to do is trade and make a living, and the council isn’t making our lives any easier.”

The new on-street recycling containers have been located by the city council across the city, in Penny Street, Cheapside, Common Garden Street, Brock Street and George Street, as well as the bin by the market stalls in Market Street.

They are split into two sections, for paper and cardboard on one side, and the other for cans, glass and plastic bottles.

A city council spokesman said: “We are aware of the problem being experienced by a market stallholder.

“Council officers intend to meet with the stallholder at the market in order to look at ways in which the problem can be resolved.”