Whitby: Seaside Town to close popular Sunday Market at start of summer tourist season

A review conducted by the new Market Superintendent for Whitby will result in the closure of the town’s popular Sunday Market from mid-July, the start of the main holiday season.

Council officials cited staffing reasons saying that the closure was a result of a need to meet the council’s regulatory responsibilities: “ensuring that traders are registered with the council and have the required insurances to operate, and that trading is carried out only on regulated days and times.

“In the medium and long term we want to improve the viability and appeal of the market to customers and traders, introduce best practice and modern operating protocols where required and look at an investment plan, including potential capital investment in existing facilities.

“In the short term however there are some actions that we need to do quickly, to ensure market operations conform to the necessary regulations and legislation. This will ensure that the market is placed on a sound and sustainable footing before moving forward.”

Some traders are horrified by the decision as many of the stalls are specifically geared up to meet the summer holiday and tourist trade:

One trader, Anne Marshall said, “As a regular trader on Whitby Market for some years now, having built up a business that is tailored specifically to the tourist trade and particularly to Whitby,

“My own business provides full time work for myself and one other person as well as several seasonal workers each summer. Depending as it does on the summer months and in particular the school holidays, it would not survive the proposed reduction of trading days to two per week, and being given four weeks notice that this would take effect from the start of the school holidays, after months of planning, buying stock etc strikes me as especially unfair.”

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