Crawley’s Wednesday market has been given a one-week stay of execution.
At a town hall meeting this evening (Wednesday February 26), market traders asked Crawley Borough Council to reconsider its decision to end the Wednesday market in Queens Square.
The decision would mean the market could only operate from the High Street on Fridays and Saturdays – and traders warned this would kill off the market as there was not enough footfall in the area for them to earn a living.
At this evening’s full council meeting, Cllr Bob Lanzer agreed to allow the market to continue in Queens Square next Wednesday while council officers met with the market operator to discuss the situation.
Stall holders informed the meeting that a petition which was circulated today had attracted 1,600 signatures – 1,200 from Queens Square alone.
Appealing for councillors to allow the market to move to Queens Square three days a week, stall holder Jane Sewell said: “This is people’s livelihoods – it’s important. It’s not just something you can brush under the carpet.
“This is doomsday for us.”