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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Doughnut seller Neil angered by ‘unfair’ Ulverston market trading rules

ANGRY traders have hit out amid claims the rules governing Ulverston’s outdoor market are not being upheld fairly.

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turned away Neil McDougall who was prevented from trading at Ulverston’s St George’s Day festivities because there was already someone else selling doughnuts MILTON HAWORTH REF: 50047661B001

There is long-standing tension among some traders over perceived inequalities at the market, which is held on a Thursday and Saturday.

One trader has now spoken out after being turned away from the St George’s Day parade because there was already someone selling the same product.

Neil McDougall, a caterer from Dalton, was outraged when a market official told him to go home – despite spaces still being available.

Mr McDougall, who has worked the event since it began, said: “It seems unfair – she said we are only allowed to have one person selling doughnuts.”

Traders have disputed this, saying the rules allow for three stalls selling the same type of product.

Mr McDougall said he felt like he was being bullied out of the market.

He added: “Not only were we turned away but we spent all day on the Friday getting prepared. We had this confirmed since February.”

He said he lost around £250 in takings as a result, in addition to the cost of wasted produce and transport.

Michelle Scrogham and Leanne Fox, who run fashion shop Pure in Market Street, organised the parade and booked a number of stalls separately from the normal Saturday market, with the traders’ rent money helping cover the costs of the festivities.

Mrs Scrogham was left furious by the decision to turn away one of her traders.

She said: “It should be that any extra stalls that are coming in should be encouraged.”

Another long-serving trader, who asked to remain anonymous, said South Lakeland District Council – which runs the markets – should be doing more to encourage traders and visitors.

An SLDC spokeswoman said: “The council will, wherever possible, place market stalls selling similar types of goods at least two stalls from each other unless there is a designated area for food stalls or other specialist goods. The council will always endeavour to ensure that outdoor markets in South Lakeland offer a wide variety of goods on sale to the general public.”

Have your say

As a regular user of the market - we play chess and I play my clarinet - I agree that we need to do all we can to encourage traders. This incident is sad. Our over officious Market Superintendent doesn't help the atmosphere. It's also sad that we don't have specific councillors to take a keen interest in developing our markets

Posted by Geoff Dellow on 5 May 2013 at 06:57

I remember when the dalton carnival committee was infultrated and the final destination and route altered so as to create a monopoly to the benefit of a donut seller. What goes around apparantly comes around.

Posted by Not so short memory on 4 May 2013 at 18:21

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