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 Glossop traders face uncertain
future following lengthy closure
    The aim at Glossop — to bring back some of the good times
  MARKET traders in Glossop in the Peak District were horrified to receive a letter from the council telling them their market was to close in January or February for essential roof repairs and electrical work.
Not only had there been no warning or consultation, but one new trader had signed a lease and invested heavily in her stall just a week before receiving the letter in September.
Suzanne Williamson, who has sold furniture and homewares in the market for nearly five years, said traders were completely shocked and devastated.
“There are about 20 traders in our market and one new trader who offers tarot readings had only just signed her lease and spent money on getting her stall looking good,” she said.
Although the news came out of the blue, she said that there had been no investment in the market for the past 40 years so traders did not feel High Peak Borough Council supported the market particularly.
“We understand the work could take 12
months or more but there seems no certainty and we are unsure what is going to happen to us while the work is carried out,” she added.
Suzanne asked for support from the NMTF, of which she is a member, and CEO Joe Harrison has met with the council leaders.
He said that the council had stated they were committed to the future of Glossop market and they wanted to improve its food and drink offer, but resources were limited.
The council said the repair work was essential and they were unable to phase the work or keep the traders in situ for health and safety reasons.
Joe said the council had agreed to look at alternative locations for the market traders to operate from, such as a “temporary hall” or fixed units in another location.
They had also offered to hold one-to-one talks with traders to discuss how they could support them.
Suzanne said: “Those one-to-ones are taking place now and I have had mine which has made me feel a bit better. But it is still a
Glossop featured in Market Times in February 2012 — bringing back the good times has been a long time coming for this once thriving market
very worrying time.
“Glossop needs its market and we need to
keep our businesses going — they are our livings.”
She said traders were very unhappy about the lack of consultation and prior warning and all of them were worried about the future.
NMTF members — your
Employers Liability
Certificate is enclosed
ALL NMTF members should find in this edition of Market Times a copy of their Employers Liability Certificate covering the period from 31 December 2019 to 30 December 2020.
Anyone who cannot find it should ring head office on 01226 749021 and ask for one, to be sent either by email or through the post.
Alternatively members can log on to the NMTF Members Area by going to and downloading a copy.
It should be stressed that for any member employing staff, even on a casual basis, an EL certificate is a legal requirement, must be displayed on the stall or unit, and retained indefinitely.
  Raising money for a wheelchair for Tilly
NMTF President-Elect John Dyson presents a cheque from the Benevolent Fund
MARKET traders from Cottingham Market near Hull, backed by the NMTF Benevolent Fund, are raising money to buy a special wheelchair for two-year-old Tilly Sheersmith who has complex medical problems.
Tilly, who is the granddaughter of Liz Sheersmith who sells Avon cosmetics on the market, suffers seizures hourly and the wheelchair provided by the NHS does not meet her needs. Pearl Dyson, whose husband John is the NMTF’s President-Elect, said: “Tilly is part of the market family and we ran a number of fund raisers on the market on Yorkshire Day to raise nearly £500 towards the £3,000 cost of a wheelchair in which she can sit up comfortably.”
The NMTF Benevolent Fund, which helps traders in need, contributed £500 and further fundraising is planned.

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