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Council to review Accrington’s market trading policy
HYNDBURN Council is to review its market trading policy after a seller had claimed he was told he wasn’t welcome at Accrington’s Sunday market.
Bernard Culshaw, who runs packaged meats firm Bacon Barnies Ltd, said he was barred from selling because bosses claimed only one meat seller was permitted.
Mr Culshaw, of Rochdale, trades across the North West and decided to give Accrington’s Market a go on September 22.
He said: “When I got my licence I told them it was pre-packed foods, which it is. They knew I was selling meat.
“I had quite a good day and sold everything. I wanted to re-new my licence for the following Sunday but they said they were only allowing one person on selling meat.
“The market is totally empty so they should be encouraging trade. Everyone was great on the day and I got on with the other traders. You would think they would welcome a fresh face.”
Yesterday, the council told the Lancashire Telegraph that it would be reviewing its policies following Mr Culshaw’s complaint.
Deputy leader and cabinet member for markets, Coun Clare Pritchard, said: “Historically, it has been our practice to restrict the number of meat traders selling products from a ‘meat wagon’ on Sundays, in order to offer a diversity of goods at the market.
“We always try to ensure the interests of loyal traders are kept in mind, but we are not against competition.
“And we’re happy to review our current practice.”
Mr Culshaw, 65, said he would return to Accrington if he was able to.
He added: “I doubt they will change anything because they have not been in contact with me.
“I have nothing against the butcher.
“I work with him on other markets.
“But it’s out of order that there’s a monopoly, although I’d quite like to have a monopoly too.”
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