Market row in court

TOWN hall chiefs have been ordered by a judge to make clear their plans for the future of Lancaster Market.

Traders seeking new four year leases have taken Lancaster City Council to court under the Landlord and Tenant Act.

At Lancaster County Court yesterday, Wednesday, Judge Forrester gave the council a deadline of December 12 to tell the market traders its “firm proposals” for the future of the market, which lost £576,000 last year.

Traders have been offered new tenancy agreements, but with a break clause included, raising fears they could be thrown out at any time.

Their solicitor, David Gillibrand, argued in court that the council should put forward firm proposals for the market so that these could be balanced against the traders’ commercial interests.

See the Lancaster Guardian (20-10-11) for full story.