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OTTERY: Renewed efforts to boost market trade
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Organisers of Ottery’s street market have reported declining footfall at the monthly events and have directed their efforts at boosting the number of visitors. Those behind the recently re-established market were expecting 18 traders at the last market earlier this month, but only 11 turned up. Previous attempts to bring back the market in Mill Street were scuppered by parking problems, and ahead of the first of this year’s event in June, organisers promised to take a tougher stance on motorists who continued to flout the rules. But market managers are now facing the challenge of attracting both traders and customers. Reporting to councillors at a recent meeting, Cllr John Harding said: “We are seeing some reduction in numbers. “The biggest problem we have is the reduction in footfall, and we need to look at how we can increase that. “If footfall goes down, traders are not going to come and it gets to be a vicious circle.” Organisers had previously called on members of the community to show their support for the event, which runs on the first Friday of each month.
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