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     Janet Harrison pictured on the lovely Jubbergate fashion stall she runs with her husband Rupert
NMTF CEO Joe Harrison
visitors the “market experience” rather than them making a living.
Joe Harrison, the NMTF’s CEO, said: “We were pleased with the outcome of the meeting which has allowed traders to have an input in the future of their market and we will continue to support the traders to the best of our ability.
“The Shambles Market is a huge asset for York and such an important part of its history and heritage. It is in everyone’s interests to work together to enhance and improve it. A traditional market is the most authentic shopping experience you can get.”
The traders’ concerns were taken up by York Central MP Rachael Maskell who attended a meeting between Make It York, local traders, local councillors and the NMTF.
The meeting also looked at proposals to upgrade the market including improvements to the power supply, wifi and lighting.
It was agreed to establish a working group including traders and the NMTF to oversee the upgrade and to look at ways to improve the market.
And they agreed the default position would be that the stalls stayed put in Jubbergate pending discussions on the long-term future.
Rupert Harrison’s wife Janet told Market Times that traders remained concerned about the future and there was a sense of uncertainty, particularly in Jubbergate.
“We have got a strong impression that Make It York have wanted to get rid of these 24 stalls to allow a freer flow of people, but that would be disastrous for us.”
The market is located in a picturesque square between Parliament Street, one of York’s main shopping streets, and The Shambles, the world- famous medieval street which was once home to the city’s butchers.
The traders’ main complaint is that it is hidden away and shoppers can easily miss it.
They watch in envy when specialist markets set up stall in Parliament Street and benefit from the massive footfall.
The flower and plant stall, which has been on the market for 40 years, spills out of Jubbergate on to Parliament Street, enticing shoppers into the market.
But if they and the remaining stalls in Jubbergate were removed, there would be a detrimental effect on the remaining market, the traders say.
“If that happened, we would almost certainly be offered places on the market, although it is
full on Saturdays so I’m not sure how that would work,” Janet said.
“But Jubbergate is a prime spot. We had to wait 10 years before we got a stall here. It would finish our business if we lost this position,” she said.
Traders voiced concerns that an overriding concern of the powers-that-be was to ensure York was a city of experiences for visitors and a nitty gritty market did not quite fit that vision.
The joke among traders was that they would end up with a “museum market” with traders dressed in uniforms or costumes with the emphasis on giving

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