LANCASTER Market is now shut for good after the city council locked up the building early amid fears of a sit in protest.
The market, in Common Garden Street, was due to close on Friday, September 14, before the date was moved forward to Tuesday, September 11.
But council officers from Lancaster City Council closed the building on Saturday afternoon without warning.
Peter Corke, trader and chairman of the Lancaster Market Trader’s Association, said: “Because of a possible action by Occupy Lancaster, the city council decided to close the building on Saturday.
“Unfortunately we weren’t included in the decision making process, and we were told that the market was now shut.
“The council has apologised, and have agreed to compensate the traders that have been affected.”
There were six traders still operating in the market building at the time it was closed.
Mark Cullinan, chief executive of Lancaster City Council, said: “The market building was scheduled for closure this Friday.
“However the council became aware an event of some sort was being proposed to take place there sometime this week and without permission from the council.
“It was therefore agreed with the remaining market traders to close the building a few days earlier on the Tuesday.
“Later detail then revealed the event was being organised for Tuesday afternoon and accordingly the decision was taken to close the market building at the end of trading on Saturday to avoid any problems.”