Row over costs of market move

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LANCASTER Market traders have branded the city council’s estimate that it will cost £270,000 to move stalls to the ground floor as “absolutely ridiculous”.

The claim comes as 24 traders are forced to wait two months to discover their fate after a decision on the market’s future was deferred at a full council meeting last Wednesday.

Traders were further angered by a council officer’s claim that some stall holders did not want to move to the ground floor of the building.

Peter Corke, chairman of Lancaster Market Traders Association said that all were in favour of the move, but that the situation had become very complicated. He added: “The costs are absolutely ridiculous and we’re going to get some contractors in ourselves to find out what it comes to.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (22-09-11) for full story.