Cross-party forum asks market traders for help with inquiry

MPs are tapping into the views of market traders on whether pitches are thriving or in decline and what more can be done to improve the sector.

The cross-party group is focusing on covered and uncovered markets including farmers markets, and wants views based on personal experiences. Communities & Local Government Committee chairman Dr Phyllis Starkey said market traders were at the heart of the inquiry.

"We want to know whether your markets are thriving or in decline. What could be done, and by whom, to support your markets better? Is it becoming harder to run a market stall?" One online comment called for local authorities to see the importance of markets and use them to their advantage.

- The online forum runs until 28 April. Visit http://forums. parliament.uk/market-traders/index.php?index,1.


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