Fair cancels three market trade days

STALL-holders on Boston Market will be turfed off their trading ground for three market days when the May Fair comes to town.

Traders will have nowhere to go when the annual event is set up at the beginning of May, as rides are to be set up in the Market Place and all the way down Strait Bargate and Wide Bargate.

It means that unless a suitable alternative can be found by officials at Boston Borough Council, stall-holders will be forced to miss out on three trading days.

Alan Brandon, who runs a fruit and vegetable stall on the twice-weekly market, said: “It’s bad. What about wages? And what about the people who supply us? It affects a lot of people.

“Markets and fairs have been going for decades. They’ve both got charters but we keep getting done the dirty on.”

In the past, a few traders have been accommodated on the car park behind the former Kwik Save store, which was run by the council, but it will not be possible this year, as land-owners Tesco have now reclaimed the space to prepare to re-lease it to another company.

It has also been moved to West Street before, but that too has ceased to be an option because of the route used by Into Town buses.

Ian Martin, economic development officer at the council, said it was not a requirement of the council to provide a market on the three days in question – May 5, 9 and 12.

He added: “The agreement market tenants sign commits Boston Borough Council to running 100 markets a year. It also says there will not be a market at the time the May Fair is here. However, for the past few years, the council has provided a location for a reduced market during the May Fair. Many tenants organise their holidays around the May Fair and take this opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved break.”

Custom House Quay has been put forward as an alternative spot by some traders, and the council is in the process of assessing the viability of the site. Mr Martin has asked traders to come forward with their views on the alternative proposal.

Following the May Fair the market will move back to the refurbished Market Place