Ed Sheeran: Shape of YouiTunesAmazon

Fight to save Knaresborough Market continues

Knaresborough Market

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 6:03am 18th January 2018.

There are still serious concerns about the future of Knaresborough Market, despite assurances from council officials.

Traders fear that potential cutbacks could effectively leave the town with a "pop-up car boot sale".

They're worried that proposed changes may reduce the market to around a third of its current size.

Before Christmas, Harrogate Borough Council said there wouldn't be any changes this year.

Bob the Coffee Man, who has been trading at the market for nine years, said: "Maybe I'm a little bit different, because I don't have a stall and don't need a stall put up, but an awful lot of my trade comes from the other traders. Take them away and I've got nothing.

"I've visited, as a customer, other markets that have four or five stalls - that's not right. This can have 60 stalls, but there's an awful lot of empty stalls and people have left. Somebody needs to go and find them and ask them why did they leave and take proper note.

"Everybody needs to have their say - the traders of the town around us, the customers, a lot of other people involved - not just us traders."

Steve Teggin, President of Knaresborough Chamber of Trade, added: "The stalls that are currently used are heavy, eight to 10-foot long and it's a two-man job putting them up. For the council to even suggest that market traders bring their own stalls and set them up themselves, and then clear up after they've gone, is absolutely ludicrous.

"Basically, they're going to swap what is a traditional 700-year-old market for nothing more than a pop-up car boot sale, and it's just not Knaresborough."

A working group is being set up to help decide what will happen to the markets in Knaresborough and Ripon long-term.

Earlier this week, Harrogate Borough Council announced plans to improve how the markets are promoted.

Stray FM is awaiting a response from the authority regarding the concerns raised by traders in Knaresborough.

More news from across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Stray FM

Older article

Two trapped after car skids on ice in Stainforth

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Fire crews from Settle and Bentham attend collision.

Top articles

Deaths of up to 250 heart patients to be reviewed at NHS hospital

National: The deaths of up to 250 patients who died after heart surgery at an NHS hospital are set to be reviewed.

Trump recognises Venezuelan opposition leader as interim president amid unrest

World: Venezuela's opposition leader has declared himself the new president amid riots which have led to several deaths.

Emiliano Sala plane search called off for the day

Sport: Guernsey Police have confirmed the search to find the plane that was carrying Cardiff player Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been called off for the day.

EXCLUSIVE: Emmerdale producer feels amazing to win NTA for third year running

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Yorkshire Soap was voted Best Serial Drama at the glittering National Television Awards last night.

EXCLUSIVE: Emmerdale producer feels amazing to win NTA for third year running

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Yorkshire Soap was voted Best Serial Drama at the glittering National Television Awards last night.

Ilkley BID to set out how it'll spend £680,000 boosting business

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The team behind the plans are launching their business plan next week.

"Pennies over pupils": Campaigners vow to continue fight as school cuts move forward

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Senior county councillors have backed plans to cut funding for the county's pupil referral units.

Harrogate Town FC welcome the eyes of the nation

Sport: Their match with Hartlepool was televised live on BT Sport.

WATCH: 43 Minutes of Queen in the 70s

70s: The band's team have put together highlights of the their early career including some iconic performances.

WATCH: 43 Minutes of Queen in the 70s

70s: The band's team have put together highlights of the their early career including some iconic performances.

Behind The Scenes: Policing rural North Yorkshire

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Stray FM went out on a shift with Craven's Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Top Party Dresses for the Festive Season

Christmas: Local Blogger, the Harrogate Girl, picks the best frocks, gowns and outfits for the big Christmas parties of 2017.

The Yorkshire floods: one year on

Special Reports: People affected by last year's downpours describe what has happened in the last 12 months

"This will make my kids' Christmas"

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Stray FM and Slingsby Gin offer a little light to a family who've had a tough year just before Christmas

Delve into deliciousness at Mother Shiptons Inn

Test pages: We sent Stray FM's James Stanley to try out the new menu at Mother Shipton's Inn Knaresborough.

Motorists warned of icy driving conditions

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: A weather warning of ice is in place across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.

LIVE: Stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire is on today today, passing through Otley, Blubberhouses, Pateley Bridge and Skipton.

Tour de Yorkshire host venues confirmed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: There'll be no re-run of this year's memorable Tour de France stage finish in Harrogate.

Poll

What kind of Vouchers would you like to buy in 2019?
Days out with the kids
34.9%
Food & Drink
29.1%
Hair cuts
5.3%
Spa days
8.8%
Beauty treatments
4.4%
Hotel stays
10.9%
Local Events
6.2%
Group activities
0.5%

Trending in Yorkshire

Knaresborough man starts petition to save town's street cleaner

Residents are concerned at the potential loss of staff following Harrogate Borough Council spending review

Ripon's history of sinkholes causing concern for Harrogate Local Plan

The government's inspector has been quizzing council officials about plans for housing developments in the city

Skipton man jailed for rape and indecent assault against daughter

The victim bravely waived her right to anonymity

EXCLUSIVE: Emmerdale producer feels amazing to win NTA for third year running

The Yorkshire Soap was voted Best Serial Drama at the glittering National Television Awards last night.

More news...