Street market trader plans get the go-ahead

BOSTON’S town centre will soon see new street traders operating in designated areas after proposals were given the green light by councillors.

Following a meeting of Boston Borough Council Cabinet on Wednesday, members voted to go ahead with the scheme which will see old regulations relaxed so new traders can operate on non-traditional market days.

At the meeting, Coun Stephen Woodliffe, portfolio holder for environmental health, said: “We aim to protect the town but also to open it up to more visitors and more traders.”

“It’s not going to be an alternative to the main market, it won’t be a competitor.”

He added: “We are going to protect the charter market.”

Coun Derek Richmond, portfolio holder for car parks, said: “It’s a good idea; it won’t obstruct any traffic.”

The Market Place, Strait Bargate and Wide Bargate’s loading bay are to become ‘consent streets’.

This means the council will allowing anyone to trade there unless there is a valid reason why they can not.

The move has come as the Market Place’s £2 million revamp is comking to an end.

The council says it hopes to revitalise the area further by attracting more niche traders, such as those selling craft items. Fees for these market stalls are to be waived for the first three months, to encourage more to trade in town.